(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics -

Learning Empowerment and Database Skills)

Design Your World
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6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students: Design New Planet, Save Humanity, and Earn Prizes!

Teen citizens! The world has become uninhabitable. We cannot stay here, but we must live somewhere.  Fortunately, we have developed the technology to transport every living person on Earth to any planet of your imagination. You have been charged with designing a new planet for us, planning its infrastructure, and making it home.  

Over the course of the year, challenges will arise. You, with library resources at your side, will overcome them. You will build up your ideal new world, in words, images, and your mind. The library will host programs throughout the year to spark your creativity, inspire new ideas, build your knowledge base, and let you have fun in the face of crisis. Use these programs to help you through these difficult times.

In the end, the most complete, resourceful, well-researched, and creative world will be our new home. Its designer will be the winner of the Cupertino Library’s STEAM LEADS: Design Your World - Global Blastoff Challenge, the savior of humankind and the recipient of a fabulous prize!


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ATTENTION: Save the World with Databases!

Check out: World Book Encyclopedia & eBooks and find eBooks on many fascinating social studies and science topics, including a series on inventions and discoveries.

 Visit > Research for Teens > Social Studies > World Book > eBooks. Then search for "Inventions and Discoveries."

Attending STEAM Programs Expands Horizons

Picture of planetsThroughout the year, the Cupertino Library will be hosting Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math programs to help inspire your designs and have fun with STEAM. Registration Required for All Programs. Stop by the Children's Reference Desk or call (408) 446-1677 ext. 3320 for information on upcoming programs.


The Third Challenge: Technology and Inventions

Earth is becoming uninhabitable, and we need to leave soon. Thankfully, you've discovered a planet with an ideal environment for human life and we've already built the infrastructure to move people and goods across its surface. Technology can make this world even better and more hospitable.

Research technologies and inventions and pick one that you think would have the most positive effect on life on this brand-new planet.

Using at least 1 library database article:
  1. Describe an invention or technology that will make life on your planet better.
  2. How will this invention or technology benefit humanity?

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Submit responses by
February 28th 11:59 PM to:

No late entries will be considered.


All submissions must:
  • Be written in full sentences with 250 word maximum.
  • Cite sources in MLA format & include a Works Cited page.

Submissions that do not adhere to guidelines will be disqualified for prizes.


STEAM LEADS is Cupertino Library’s engaging and enriching program series for Middle School Students. Aiming to bring science, technology, engineering, arts and math principles to life, STEAM LEADS builds upon state educational standards to introduce creative problem solving skills to today’s middle school students. STEAM LEADS works to enrich education through direct engagement with these subjects that would help enable students to compete internationally. STEAM LEADS programming, held in library, off site in the community, and online, utilizes the knowledge of subject area experts and the library’s robust online resources to help make program topics accessible. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Cupertino Library and the Cupertino Library Foundation, STEAM LEADS helps create tomorrow’s leaders today.
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