Donofrio Technology Series

Thanks to the generosity of the Donofrio family the Library has been able to offer an
ongoing series of programs, workshops and events that aim to inspire young people,
especially girls and minority students, to pursue science and engineering through
school, college and beyond.

The Donofrio Technology: Inspiring Kids in Science series has also helped the Library receive several prestigious grants to develop other science related programs such as the International Year of Astronomy 2009 program and the Einstein's Big Idea program for which the Library won an Outstanding Library Service Award in 2005.

Contact: Children's Services 203-438-2282


SCRATCH Computer Programming for Girls.....and others. 

The Ridgefield Library was pleased to host several workshops on creative computer programming with Computer Scientist
Kimberly Sauter. Assisted by middle and high school mentors, Mrs. Sauter led a group of 3rd-5th grade students as they
created stories, games and animations using SCRATCH, a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.

Interested in trying SCRATCH?

SCRATCH Activity Cards

Scratch Video Tutorials
These can be used with the scratch activity cards and also to run an animation class

Scratch Day Event Planning

More SCRATCH Activities
Full website of resources to help you teach Scratch

Can't get enought coding? Try Hour of Code and How to Teach Hour of Code


The 2nd year of our partnership with NASA and the Astro Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, which operates the MicroObservatory Online Telescope.  Learn more about how you and your family can participate.



  • Astro4Girls and their Families
    The Ridgefield Library was one of just 9 libraries across the country tapped to be part of an exciting new NASA program to empower women's success, especially in science.


  • WATSON: Jeopardy and Beyond - Tuesday, May 31, 7 PM at Veteran's Park Elementary School, 8 Governor Street, Ridgefield.

Two IBM Engineers who work on the DEEPQA Artificial Intelligence system, more affectionately know as Watson, discuss their fascinating work. Come find out how this incredible machine was built and programmed to compete on Jeopardy (and win).

Jennifer Chu-Carroll
, PhD, Research Staff Member & Manager, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, works on algorithms for identifying relevant question content in order to generate possible answers, as well as on special question processing.

Sugato Bagchi, PhD, Research Staff Member, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, works on adapting DeepQA to provide decision support, especially related to uses in the medical field.

Over 300 people attended this program. Click here to read a Danbury News Times article and see photographs from the event.


  • Dr. Heidi B. Hammel will visit all 3rd grade classes in the spring to share her passion and enthusiasm for astronomy.


  • Seeing Stars: Three Optical Engineers Talk about their Cool Careers in the Space Industry - with Linda Abramowicz-Reed, Tom Heydenburg and Andrea Sarnik from Goodrich ISR Systems
  • School Visits - As part of our celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA09) - Dr. Heidi Hammel talked to 3rd graders at five elementary schools about astronomy


  • Robotics  with Aeolean founder Bala Krishnamurthy, along with Dr. Karen Trovato, Dr. Simon Hill and Ms. Shika Sharma.   


  • What Do Goldfish, Playstation 3 and Bridges Have in Common? - Three Engineers Talk Tech - with Dr. Stefanie Chiras, Manager, IBM; Marta Mulyk, Project Engineer, Pepperidge Farm; and Jennifer Usher, Project Manager, BL Companies
  • Engineering Your Future - with Dr. Michael Hibbard, Assistant Superintendent, Ridgefield Public Schools and Lucy Brakoniecki, Gender Equity Specialist, Connecticut Girls and Tech Network


  • Local Women Talk Tech - with Lisa Glukhovsky, winner at the 54th Intel Science and Engineering Fair; astronomer Dr. Heidi B. Hammel; and  Dr. Jianying Hu from IBM
  • How Do I Get There From Here? - a panel discussion with Dr. Michael Hibbard, Assistant Superintendent of Ridgefield Public Schools; Ms. Ann Polina, Head of Westover School; Mr. Art Amend, former physics teacher in Ridgefield; Dr. Peter Farnina, Boehringer Ingelheim; and Ms. Priyanka Ghosh a Ridgefield High School Senior
  • School Visits - In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Einstein's Miracle Year - 13 Female scientists from local companies including, Boehringer Ingelheim, IBM Schlumberger and the Space Science Institute made presentations to Ridgefield 6th graders to talk about their careers
  • Science Fair - mini-science fair presented by the Girls Scouts
  • Skits - Girl Scouts dressed up as various historical women scientists and presented short skits about their life and work


Cool Websites

Recommended by our librarians. - Cool science videos - Engineering Go For It - a cool site for kids from Grade K - 12 - A great website for elementary and middle school girls - What do engineers do? A great website for middle and high school girls - Discover Engineering - for all ages - Website of the PBS TV series Design Squat. Play puzzle games, design and build creative projects, draw and share your ideas, see cool engineering at work!





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