Out of this world

Adam Huster helps build a cardboard space station as Branch Manager Erin Gunderson, left, watches on Tuesday, June 4.

Cardboard and a little imagination are all you need to create a space station.

On Tuesday, June 4 children at the Breckenridge Public Library made a space station out of boxes ranging from the size of refrigerators to smaller shipping boxes from Amazon.

Library Branch Manager Erin Gunderson explained that the space station build is part of their outer space theme for the summer.

“This year is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission,” Gunderson said. She was impressed with the “huge” turnout for the event.

This is not the first time the library has housed a cardboard structure. According to Gunderson, the children built a cardboard fort a few years ago and the space station was the response to the children’s request to do it again. They will be able to play in the space station at the library throughout the summer.

Gunderson explained that building the space station not only gives children the opportunity to practice working together, but also gives them a chance to learn the engineering aspect.

“Trying to figure out how these will coordinate, go together, how can I cut this apart, how can I build something larger? Making sure that they’re using those other critical thinking skills,” she said.

Tools for the project were purchased by the Friends of the Library while boxes were donated by Nielsen Electric TV and Appliance, Hinsverk’s TV and Appliance Center and the smaller boxes were donated by the library system.

Next Friday, June 14, the library will host a performance of “The Lion & The Mouse,” a mini-play for children ages 3-10. The play is free of charge and runs from 3-4 p.m.

The library is located at 205 Seventh St. N., Breckenridge, Minnesota. It is part of the Lake Agassiz Regional Library system.

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