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Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference, Teaches Kids about Importance of STEM


The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library is the only Indiana library and one of only eight libraries in the country to host the Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference traveling exhibit.


“The library is taking the lead in making our community and surrounding communities aware of the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math, collectively known as STEM,” said Lori Hugley Project Director. “KHCPL is using Discover Tech to help teachers and schools spark students’ interest in science and to supplement their STEM-related curriculum; however, the Discover Tech exhibit is also a great exhibit for families. It’s free, fun, and educational.” 


Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference helps audiences understand the nature of 21st-century technology and engineering — both high- and low-tech — and their potential for helping to solve many of the world's problems. Through interactive displays, the exhibition will illustrate that engineers are real people who, through a creative and collaborative design process, arrive at practical solutions to help solve society's problems. 


“Considering our history, Kokomo is the perfect fit for an exhibit about engineering,” said Lisa Fipps, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement for the library. “The word engineer comes from a Latin word meaning ‘cleverness.’ Plenty of clever people have called Kokomo home. Their engineering marvels — the first automobile, pneumatic rubber tire, push-button car radio, all-metal life boats and rafts, and more — truly have made a world of difference and earned Kokomo the title of the City of Firsts. Whether you call it cleverness or engineering, it is essential in today’s world and the future. Kids simply must have STEM skills.”

Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference kicks off with a launch party called Discover Fun from 1 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 25. People can tour the exhibit and enjoy all kinds of STEM-related fun with Science Central.


Discover Tech is open to the public. You don’t have to live in Kokomo or Howard County or have a library card to explore the exhibit. The three-month exhibit will be at KHCPL South, 1755 E. Center Road. The exhibit will be open whenever KHCPL South is open: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays.


In conjunction with the exhibit and field trips, KHCPL plans to host programs from February to May, including bringing Ayanna Howard to Indiana. When she was at NASA, she worked on developing the next generation of Mars Rover, designed to be independent-minded enough to explore terrain on its own without its every move programmed by a human. Howard now teaches and researches at Georgia Tech, working on robots to help with space exploration and people on Earth. 


Also at the library, Delphi Electronics and Safety will host a free STEM Day for fourth- to sixth-graders, including presentations on writing code to program remote-control cars, testing virtual reality goggles, building and racing Lego cars powered by a chemical reaction, assembling hardware and circuits to power a functioning radio, and observing Delphi technologies in cars.


“We have set the bar high so that every encounter will be a memorable one, with engaging, hands-on science and interactive opportunities that will captivate children, teens, and adults,” Hugley said. 


Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference, a traveling exhibition for libraries, is part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning. Exhibit partners include the Lunar and Planetary Institute, the National Girls Collaborative Project, and the American Library Association. Discover Tech is supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Locally, Discover Tech is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Howard County, a donation from the Friends of the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Delphi Electronics & Safety, and KHCPL.




Galentine's Day at the Library

Looking for a girls’ night out for Valentine’s Day? The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library has just the ticket ꟷ except you don’t need a ticket because it’s FREE!

Ladies 21 and older are invited to a night of fun as the library welcomes comedienne Melinda McKinsey for her “She Said/He Heard” comedy routine during Galentine’s Day from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at KHCPL South.

Melinda has spent the past 20 years working in live television. She stumbled into comedy at a music festival and has since done stand up in Florida, New York, and Texas. However, she knew she wanted to be a female comedian from a very young age when she learned how difficult college was. Being single is Melinda's specialty. If you like comedy about true love and romance, Melinda will do her best to imagine what that's like and share stories that seem strangely lifelike. She's been lucky enough to have scored a few films while living in the Big Apple. Most recently as museum patron 21 with Greg Kinear and a senator’s wife with Martha Plimpton in Hello Again. Melinda would love to perform on Broadway, but she has no singing voice whatsoever. Melinda lives in Brooklyn, New York, mostly because of the late night food deliveries you can get to your door, but also because it gives her street cred.  

Also find out more about the romance genre while sipping wine, and eating chocolates.