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Build a Better World

In the Collaboratory…

All programs are FREE and open to the public. The exhibit is anytime during library hours.


Curtis Memorial Library is one of fourteen libraries across the country to host this traveling exhibit.

Please join us to celebrate how engineering provides solutions to better meet human needs and develops sustainable innovations for the future. The exhibit features hands-on play and events for all ages.

Explore Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference, a traveling exhibition for libraries, is part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute.

Exhibit partners include the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and Afterschool Alliance.

Explore Tech is supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Co-sponsored by Cornerstones of Science.


Saturday, Oct 28 10:30 AM—12:30 PM
Explore Tech Grand Opening Fair!
Engineering fun for all ages.

Saturday, Nov 4 10:00 AM
Meet the Robots: Interactive robotics program with Karen Giles, Robotics Institute of Maine. For ages 5 and up.

Wednesday Nov 8 6:00 PM
Bowdoin Women in Computer Science: Panel discussion co-sponsored by Association of American University Women. For teens & adults.

Wednesday Nov 15 10:30 AM
STEAM Storytime: Animal Engineers: Stories and activities inspired by amazing animal engineers. Suggested ages 2-4.

Wednesday Nov 15 2:00 PM
History of Women in Science: with Anne Applin, Professor of Computer Technology, Southern Maine Community College. For adults.

Saturday Nov 18 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
LEGO Earthquake Challenge: Save the world, or at least your LEGO building, from an earthquake. For kids of all ages.

Thursday Nov 30 6:30 PM
Science Fiction or Science Fact? Can Robots Take Over the World? A discussion with Eric Chown, Professor of Computer Science, Bowdoin College. For teens & adults.

Friday Dec 1 3:30 PM
Furry Fridays: Build a Better Mouse: Engineer a self-propelled cat toy & test it with real cats & kittens from the Coastal Humane Society with Chris Dorman. For grades 6-12.

Monday Dec 4 1:00 PM
Hidden Figures Book Discussion with the Monday Afternoon Book group. For adults.

Wednesday Dec 6 1:30 PM
Twinkling Cards DIY/Elf Movie: Double feature: make light up LED circuit cards and watch the movie Elf. For grades 6-12.

Friday Dec 8 3:30 PM
Furry Fridays: Puppy Power: Create a dogs toy and test it on a cuddle of puppies from the Coastal Humane Society. For grades 6-12.

Wednesday Dec 13 10:30 AM
STEAM Storytime: Ramps and Runs: Physics fun and mayhem. Suggested ages 2-4.

Wednesday Dec 13 1:00 PM
Film of Hidden Figures: Read the book? Now see the movie!

Thursday Dec 14 4:00 PM
Incredible Wearables: Tinker with the technology behind fitness trackers with 4-H Science Professional Sarah Sparks. For ages 9-12.

Wednesday Dec 27 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
LEGO/Cubelets: Make your LEGO creations light up or roll around using Cubelets robotic blocks. For kids of all ages.

Thursday Dec 28 1:30 PM -3:30 PM
Dead Stars in 3D: Bringing stars back from the dead with x-ray telescopes sounds like science fiction, but scientists can really do it. Learn how, then make your own TinkerCAD 3D model. For grades 6-12.