Due to kindergarten class visits, there are no Storytimes, Playtimes or Babytimes for the month of February at all South Bend locations. Programs continue at Lakeville and North Liberty branches.

Due to kindergarten class visits, there are no Storytimes, Playtimes or Babytimes for the month of February at all South Bend locations. Programs continue at Lakeville and North Liberty branches.

STEM Kits spark curiosity and problem-solving

March 7, 2023 | By: Communications Staff

Is your child ready to learn more about STEM? 

Last month a young boy named Camahry asked to use a Snap Circuits kit at the Library, and learned how to use batteries to make the circuits work. After he completed the challenge, Camahry showed another family how to use the kit. Erin Donaldson, Youth Associate Librarian, observed how Camahry gave each of three siblings a turn after explaining very thoroughly how things worked. The snap circuits Camahry used are part of the Library’s new STEM Kits.

What are STEM Kits?

STEM Kits are a new learning experience for children and tweens. Elaine Albaugh, Youth Associate Librarian, shares that these kits are meant to spark children’s curiosity, encourage hands-on learning and collaborative problem-solving. Each kit includes prompts, building materials and supplies for science-related activities, and offers bite-sized pieces of STEM education. The Library plans to rotate these new kits to offer youth a variety of science and technology-based projects to explore.

Jill Williams, Youth Services Manager, explains that the STEM Kits are not the only opportunities for youth to learn about science. “While the Library’s STEM Corner offers kits such as Brain Flakes and Magnatiles for all ages, new STEM Kits for tweens (ages 8-11) are available at our service desk! We’re featuring 1-2 kits each month that are available to be used in the Library. The tween STEM Kits are a little more challenging, and are designed to be used with a caregiver, or by an experienced young scientist!

Where are the STEM Kits located?

The new STEM Kits can be found at Main Library at the Children’s Desk. Kits are available for In-Library use.

If your child is eager to learn about STEM, have them try out a STEM Kit! Don’t forget to tag us in your photos next time you complete a STEM challenge at the Library.

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