DIY Polymers with The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County


Above: Dustin Bruce instructs kids at the Blue Ash Branch Library making bouncy-balls with safe household ingredients.

Volunteers from Hive13 successfully led eight workshops with local Cincinnati Libraries, teaching kids the basics of chemistry and biology. The program, DIY Polymers, was presented at Cincinnati Public Library branches as part of their Summer Learning 2016 education series. The hands-on course taught young scientists and makers about polymers through exciting activities. Children made colorful bouncy-balls and extracted DNA from strawberries using common, safe household chemicals and reagents like school glue, dish soap, and borax laundry booster.

As many as 40 to 60 kids attended each of the eight events, and each left with their own DIY bouncy-ball and a sample jar of strawberry DNA they extracted. This course is just one of many educational programs Hive13 offers the community to engage interest in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, & math) and making.

Special thanks to The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Friends of Public Library, and the sponsors of Summer Learning 2016.