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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.

NOVA: The Fabric of the Cosmos: Universe or Multiverse? - Part 4
Hard as it is to swallow, cutting-edge theories are suggesting that our universe may not be the only universe. Instead, it may be just one of an infinite number of universes that make up the "multiverse." In this show, Brian Greene takes us on a tour of this brave new theory at the frontier of physics, showing what some of these alternate realities might be like. Some universes may be almost indistinguishable from our own; others may contain variations of all of us, where we exist but with different families, careers, and life stories. In still others, reality may be so radically different from ours as to be unrecognizable. Brian Greene reveals why this radical new picture of the cosmos is getting serious attention from scientists. It won't be easy to prove, but if it's right, our understanding of space, time, and our place in the universe will never be the same.
Monday, February 7  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library


NOVA: 15 Years of Terror
In this special report, NOVA traces the evolution of terror strategies from the World Trade Center to today. How have radical organizations grown to make use of modern propaganda and social media tools in order to cultivate an army of self-radicalized killers? What is going on inside the minds of this new breed of terrorist? What new techniques and technologies can help law enforcement cope with this elusive threat? And how can psychology and technology be leveraged to end this dreadful cycle of terror?
Monday, March 7  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library


Visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Nelson-Atkins is home to more than 42,000 works of art; African, American, Ancient, Chinese, Contemporary, Sculpture,
European, Japanese, Modern, Native American, Photograhy, and more.
Monday, April 4  |  TBD
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art |  4525 Oak Street, KCMO


NOVA: School of the Future
In a new age of information, rapid innovation, and globalization, how can we prepare our children to compete? Once the envy of the world, American schools are now in trouble. Test scores show our kids lag far behind their peers from other industrialized countries, and as the divide between rich and poor grows wider, the goal of getting all kids ready for college and the workforce gets harder by the day. How can the latest research help us fix education in America? Can the science of learning—including new insights from neuroscientists, psychologists, and educators—reveal how kids’ brains work and tell us which techniques are most likely to engage and inspire growing minds? What role should technology play in the classroom? Teachers, students, parents, and scientists take center stage as NOVA explores a new vision for the “School of the Future.”
Monday, May 2  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library


A fun time to enjoy each others company.  Family and friends are welcome to join the fun.
Monday, June 6  |  6:00 pm
Timbercreek Bar & Grill  |  14 E. Amity St, Louisburg


Library Closed.  Enjoy the holiday!  -  July 4


Visit Powell Observatory
Built in 1984 by society members (Astronomical Society of Kansas City), the observatory is located in Lewis-Young Park. The observatory has one of the largest telescopes open to the public in a five-state area - the Ruisinger Telescope, a Newtonian reflector with a 30" diameter mirror.  In addition, the observatory has other telescopes available for public viewing.
Saturday, August 6  |  TBD
Powell Observatory |  26500 Melrose Street


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


TED Talks
We will explore a few of the 3800+ TED talks to stir our curiosity.  
Monday, November 7  |  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, December 5  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library



Download: Adult STEAM 2022 Schedule.pdf