by Daniel Freeman
Their minds were working.
Children from around the area came to the Elkton Library to learn about different simple machines that have been used for many years.
The simple machines they learned about were a lever, incline plane, wedge, and others.
"It was great way for them (the children) to learn more about the machines and learn more about science," said Elkton parent Jen Little.
Not only did the children learn about how each machine worked but they also used their minds to think of solutions for how to make each machine work more efficiently.
"I think the kids get the chance to see that science is a lot of fun. So for our youngest patrons, they get to see how much fun it is and they have the ability to also see that they can do this at home. For our older kids, they can find joy in science. There is a lot of cool parts about science and they are able to learn about it and have a good time," said Danielle Defassio, Franklin Institute's traveling science show presenter. "My hope is that what parents get out of this show is, that simple machines are everywhere. I hope they use these simple machine vocabularies with their young ones."
"The Franklin Institute presentation took high-level math and science concepts and applied them to simple machines, such as demonstrating how distance and force can affect velocity. Children volunteered from the audience for hands-on experience and the presenter also reinforced vocabulary such as fulcrum, lever and mass. Cecil County Public Library's programs make learning fun and educational. Engagement during the summer is critical to school success in the fall," said Frazier Walker, the library's Community Relations Specialist.