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Adult STEAM Discussion Group Ages 17+

Science | Technology | Engineering | Arts | Mathematics

Delve into ideas about STEAM with other adults as this discussion group digs into diverse topics that affect everyday life.  

Meet to discuss the selected topic on the 1st Monday of each month, 7:00 – 8:00 pm at Louisburg Library.  Check the schedule below to see if you need to stop by the library to pick up a book or article to read before we meet to discuss the topic of the month.

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Contact Holly McLain at [email protected] or 837-2217 for more information. 

2022 Schedule
This schedule is subject to change as needed.

Library Closed.  Enjoy the holiday! - September 5

NOVA: Treasures of the Earth: Power - Part 1
Drill down to discover the treasures beneath our feet that power our world. Fossil fuels–coal, oil, and natural gas–powered the industrial revolution and allowed us to build a way of life that many cherish today. Personal cars, planes, lights, hot showers–all of these are gifts from our fossil fuels… but they have a dirty dark side in that they are polluting the planet. What is it about these natural resources that has allowed them to fuel our civilization? What secrets are locked in their molecules? Where did that energy come from, and can we find alternative energy resources that come in a cleaner form? The hunt is on for new treasures that might allow us to power our modern way of life without damaging the environment. Join NOVA as we explore the resources that both power and pollute, from modern-day oil prospecting in California, to a mega-city utility company struggling to keep the lights on during hot summer days, to China where an engineer strives to solve one of the greatest obstacles to the success of solar power. Travel the globe to see how our energy treasures are changing—and if they can keep the lights on.
Monday, October 3  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library


NOVA: Treasures of the Earth: Gems - Part 2
Their beauty has captivated us for millennia. Their cost can be extraordinary–some are even considered priceless. Precious gems like diamonds, rubies, emeralds, opal, and jade are the ultimate treasures of the earth, and each one is made from a specific–and often torturous–recipe of chemistry, pressure, and heat. The secrets to their sparkle, color, and even strength lie deep inside the gems themselves, but could they also hold clues to one of the most enduring mysteries in the field of geology? From Tiffany’s workshop in New York to the sapphire mines of Sri Lanka, from North Carolina’s emerald fields to the jade-laden Forbidden City of China, join NOVA in the first episode of a 3-part series, "Treasures of the Earth," as we explore the fascinating science of gems.
Monday, November 7  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library


NOVA: Treasures of the Earth: Metals- Part 3
The enduring luster of gold, the conductivity of copper, the strength of steel—the special properties of metals have reshaped societies and defined eras; they have such an important role in human history that entire ages have been named after them. But what gives metals their astounding characteristics? From the perfect ring of a bronze bell to the awe-striking steel construction of Beijing’s “Bird’s Nest” stadium, how have humans perfected metalworking? And how have metals enabled our modern hi-tech world? Explore the science of metals with chemists and engineers as they literally test the mettle of metals and investigate how these remarkable materials have ushered humanity from the Stone Age to the stars.
Monday, December 5  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library


2023 ScheduleThis schedule is subject to change as needed.


TED Talks
We will explore a few of the 3800+ TED talks to stir our curiosity.  
Monday, January 2  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library


We will discuss an article that deals with mathematics in some form.  Pick up a copy of the article during our January meeting or afterwards.
Monday, February 6  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library
Discussion led by Holly M.


We will discuss an article that deals with the chosen topic.  Pick up a copy of the article during our February meeting or afterwards.
Monday, March 6  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library


We will discuss an article that deals with the chosen topic.  Pick up a copy of the article during our March meeting or afterwards.
Monday, April 3  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library

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Download: Adult STEAM 2022 Schedule.pdf