Circulating Program Kits

STEAM Kits

The Washington State Library recognizes that youth need hands on experiences to build confidence and interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Facilitation of informal STEAM learning engages youth in the scientific process and reinforces important 21st century skills.

Most kits are designed for 15 participants. There are some kits which will work with a larger audience. With the exception of consumable materials which the library itself must provide, everything that is necessary to put on a STEAM program is contained within the kits.

Only Washington State public, school, and tribal libraries are eligible to request that the kits visit their libraries. If more than two locations within a system or district wish to sign up, then the library system or school district needs to designate an individual to coordinate the kits’ movement among branches or schools.

The following kits are available for checkout from the Washington State Library.

NASA @ My Library: Sun-Earth-Moon-Connections

The contents of the NASA @ My Library KitThis kit is a great way to introduce science concepts around space. Use the provided guidebook and program materials to facilitate engaging learning opportunities and to supplement programming around the Collaborative Summer Library Program theme Universe of Stories. Kits include program materials for several space themed activities for preschool and school-age audiences, or use them to create stations for families to explore together.

For more resources check out the STARnet, NASA @ My Library web page. STARnet has provided a video detailing the contents of the kit.

Libraries that check out this kit are expected to fill out an additional survey as part of this grant funded program.

Kits will stay at a library for three weeks then they must be sent to the next location.

Library systems can sign up for kits. Please let us know how many locations will be using the kit so that we can determine the appropriate check-out period.

Contact [email protected] for additional information.

Cool Creations

Book cover for Cool Creations in 35 Pieces by Sean KenneyBased on the book Cool Creations in 35 Pieces by Sean Kenney, this program challenges kids to see what can be built with the 35 Lego pieces contained in each box. Participants can build their creation based on a model or harness their creativity to design something new. There are fifteen total boxes in this kit.

Kits will stay at a library for three weeks then they must be sent to the next location.

Library systems can sign up for kits. Please let us know how many locations will be using the kit so that we can determine the appropriate check-out period.

Contact [email protected] for additional information.

LEGO® Mindstorms® Robotics: Coding and robotics kit

This kit is designed to teach robotics to middle school students and above. There are two kits which will circulate. Each individual location will have the kit for six weeks. We are allowing two weeks for the staff to become familiar with the Robot and then four weeks for programming.

The kit will come with the following equipment:

  • LEGO® Mindstorms® Education EV3 Core Set (x5)
  • Laptops w/licensed LEGO® EV3 software (x5)
  • Projector
  • IR Sensor and IR Beacon/Remote (x4)
  • Extra Ultrasonic Sensor
  • Assorted extra LEGO Accessories and parts
  • All housed in two shipping containers

LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 Programming Basics is available to get you started, with accompanying instructional videos available on YouTube.

Kits will stay at a library for three weeks then they must be sent to the next location.

Library systems can sign up for kits. Please let us know how many locations will be using the kit so that we can determine the appropriate check-out period.

Contact [email protected] for additional information.

Ozobot: Coding kit for grade school children

A child programs an Ozobot using the touch screen on a tabletThese tiny robots (slightly larger than a quarter) are easy to program for beginners. After a short period of time kids can program their robots to race and dance. This kit is intended for kids ten and up. For programming ideas check out the Ozobot website.

The kits are intended to accommodate up to 15 kids and contain the following:

  • 7 iPads (6 standard size, 1 mini)
  • 9 sets of Ozobots (18 total)
  • 1 shipping container

Kits will stay at a library for three weeks then they must be sent to the next location.

Library systems can sign up for kits. Please let us know how many locations will be using the kit so that we can determine the appropriate check-out period.

This set is currently in circulation. Contact [email protected] for additional information.

Roominate Village

Roominate Village teaches important STEAM skills, including hands-on problem solving, design thinking, spatial and fine motor skills, self-confidence and creativity. Roominate is a building toy that is designed to appeal to everyone, and encourages open-ended play. Ten Roominate Village sets will be provided in the kit.

What can be done with it?

  • Connect wall and floor panels to build a structure and use modular building pieces to create bookshelves, tables, slides, seesaws and more.
  • Wire up circuits to make spinning windmills, carousels, street lights and elevators.
  • 325 piece set includes power, walls, furniture building pieces, wheels, axles, motors, lights, doll, pet bunny, screwdriver, craft paper, and more.
  • Ambitious? Use the two iPads which will come with the kits to program the electrical circuits and make parts move. Alternately the kit can just be put out as a building program and not use the power pack.

Kits will stay at a library for three weeks then they must be sent to the next location.

Library systems can sign up for kits. Please let us know how many locations will be using the kit so that we can determine the appropriate check-out period.

Contact [email protected] for additional information.

Book Page Art

Contents of the Book Page Art kitTransform an old book into a work of art. Follow a pattern or create your own folded book art design. Using a simple folding technique, measuring lengths and angles, participants will create images and patterns in the pages of books. This kit is best suited for tweens, teens or adults. For additional information, see the program planning guide.

Kits will stay at a library for three weeks then they must be sent to the next location.

Library systems can sign up for kits. Please let us know how many locations will be using the kit so that we can determine the appropriate check-out period.

Contact [email protected] for additional information.

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