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Second grade students in Melissa Fels class at Verne W. Critz learned important 21st Century skills during a trip to the library to make slime. The activity was an example of how the district’s libraries have also become a hub for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) in addition to traditional research and reading. 

Under the direction of librarian Lynn Cullen, the students used mathematics and science principles to concoct the gooey, slimy substance. In addition to learning to make slime, students honed their measuring skills as they calculated the correct amount of ingredients to create the proper texture and consistency. Teamwork and listening skills were also essential, as well as the ability to correctly read a recipe. Most importantly, the second graders had fun learning.