Program Details

Title: STEM Isn't Scary

Presenter: Elia Juarez, Teen and Youth Services Librarian, Yuma County Library District

Date/Time: Thursday, October 19, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Room: 110

Program Description

It's easy to hit panic mode when someone tells you "You need to do more STEM programming." Most people's natural reaction is "But I'm not a scientist" or "I'm not good with technology!" However, STEM programming doesn't have to be scary for the programmer or for the patrons. This presentation will help reshape your thinking about what STEM programming is, how to give some already popular programs a STEM twist, and provide dozens of easy program ideas and topics to appeal to ages 5-18 (and their adults)

Presenter Bio

Elia Juarez likes to joke she is the state's only Emmy-Award winning librarian. She is not sure this is completely true, but she does have an Emmy Award from her former life as a TV news writer, assignment editor and News Director. In her current incarnation, Elia holds an MLS from the University of Arizona and is the Teen and Youth Services librarian for the Yuma County Library District, where she has worked in various capacities for the past 12 years. When she is not eyeballs deep in the various detritus that comes with working in youth and teen services programming, Elia likes to hang out with her two dogs and two cats and travel as much as possible with her fiance. She is also a cosplayer, graphic novel devourer, true crime enthusiast and foodie.

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