(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: Gale Virtual Reference Library.

 Visit > Research for Teens > Social Studies > Social Science eBooks. Now click on a topic that interests you like Arts, Business and Money, Home and Garden or Cultures and Communities.

You'll find books on a plethora of cultural topics like dance, fashion, social issues and customs. 

Have fun exploring!


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 Fourth Challenge - Daily Life: Design, Culture and Fun

Teen citizens! The Earth, our home, has unfortunately fallen to ruin and can no longer support life. Fortunately, you have discovered a planet with the ideal chemistry, climate, and ecosystem to sustain human life. We will be taking off in a matter of months, but moving to a new planet full of unknowns can be stressful. To ease the stress, it’s good to be prepared for what life will be like in this new world.
  • Describe a particular element of daily life on your ideal planet. For example, what fashions will we wear? What cuisines will we eat? What will people do for fun - dance, go to the movies, sports?
  • How will it be similar to the way it is here on Earth? How will it be different?
  • Use at least 1 library database article to help you give background on that particular element of daily life. 

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Submit responses by
April 30th 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, STEAM LEADS helps create tomorrow’s leaders today.
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