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Google and the City of Chicago are teaming up to give families a day of science, technology, engineering, art and math!

Join CPL from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 in Daley Plaza for Chicago’s first ever Geek Street Festival! Just like a traditional Chicago street fest, but with a tech twist: instead of fried food and icy lemonade, booths will feature gadgets, gizmos and games to engage kids in STEAM activities.

Chicago Public Library will be there with the following activities:

  • Finch Robots: Learn the basics of SCRATCH programming and then use those skills to race Finch Robots against each other. Then take what you learn home by checking out Finch Robots at any CPL location.
  • Let’s Get Electric: Build a circuit to follow and manipulate electricity’s path as it travels to its final destination.
  • Scissors Beats Paper: Discover the steps of the engineering design process by creating a basic model with just paper, scissors and tape and ultimately developing the idea into a digital computer file.
  • Explore & Soar: Join the Rahm’s Readers Summer Learning Challenge and explore space with two hands-on and collaborative S.T.E.A.M. activities. Participants will race balloons and design a landing capsule for an egg drop.

Other booths include 1871, Adler Planetarium and the Museum of Science and Industry. The best part? It’s all free!

Learn more by watching our segment on WCIU “You & Me This Morning” featuring librarians Sasha, Jorge and our famous Finch Robots.

Be sure to follow the fun with hashtag #GeekStreet on social media and tweet at @chipublib with your #GeekStreet photos.

Let’s geek out! Hope to see you there.