Kids playfully learn engineering at Hudson library


Claire Southard and Maeve Kotkowski, both 8, enjoy playing with their chain reaction model. (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

HUDSON – Kids on their April school vacation enjoyed discovering the result of linking science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) concepts at an event at the Hudson Public Library on Wednesday.

There, a Children’s Room full of budding engineers learned how to create chain reactions.

Jay Mankita of Playful Engineers used simple household items to demonstrate and discuss the concept of chain reactions. Then children learned the concept firsthand by choosing items to create their own chain reaction models.

Some of these kids previously participated in a series of STEAM programs by Mankita that the library presented via Zoom last year.

Mankita is now scheduled for another in-person program at the library on Wednesday, July 20 at 2 p.m.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Hudson Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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