The Elmo Willard Library will be offering a winter break activity for kids age 6-12 called "Fun Time / STEM time" as part of the library's ongoing effort to educate children about science, technology, engineering and math.

These introductions to STEM topics take place once a month, the library said in an announcement.

“Density,” January's activity, will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 4:30 p.m.

"How do you determine density with floating eggs and rainbows? Stop by on January 18 to find out," library staff said.


Related Gallery: Tiny Terrariums

Parents and kids from elementary to college age crowded around Geri Roberts, branch manager at the Elmo Willard Library.

“Is everybody here ready to build a terrarium?” Roberts asked.

“Yes!” the children answered.


Robin Smith, children’s librarian with the Beaumont Public Library system will be spending Thursdays at the Elmo Willard Library. Beginning at 4:30 pm, she will be providing an after school fun time with STEAM activities. STEAM = Science – Technology – Engineering – Art – Mathematics.

BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals sponsored participation in the You Be The Chemist Chal

For the first time, BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals LLC sponsored the You Be The Chemist Challenge (YBTC) at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Port Arthur. The challenge, developed by the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF), is a question-and-answer competition that allows students to test their knowledge of chemistry concepts as they compete to represent their state on a national level.


According to a press release, through the generous support of the Port Arthur Industrial Group (PAIG), the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) showcased the TAME Trailblazer to more than 2,000 students at Port Arthur ISD schools from September 14 to 25, 2015.


BASF sponsored an interactive science experience for local students through the Trailblazer II traveling science program, offering hands-on learning activities for students to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.