The Library now offers STEAM Kits for checkout. The Kits focus on scientific topics such as robotics, electronics, microbiology, and astronomy. Each kit consists of instructions, resources, and tools to help you conduct experiments at home. Patrons of all ages can learn about alternative energy, circuitry, how to use a microscope and slides, identify insects, or go bird watching or star gazing using a pair of binoculars. Here are a few other cool kits:
- Snap Circuits Electronics Kit will help you learn the basics of electronics through building circuits.
- The Makey Makey Kit allows you to to create a keyboard out of everyday objects, focusing on the dynamics of programming and invention.
- The Arduino Starter Kit includes 15 projects including a musical instrument and a digital hourglass.
STEAM Kits are for Franklin Park card holders of all ages. Kits are holdable, and up to two kits may be checked out at a time. The kits are loaned for 7 days, and cannot be renewed.
STEAM Kits were formed in relation to Full STEAM Ahead, our children’s program focusing on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The kits are brought to the Library through a generous grant from IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ) – Chicago Section. STEAM Kits were built in collaboration with Triton College’s Engineering Department.
Come to Kids Crossing to see what STEAM Kits are available or view our collection online!