STEAM Center Opens

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The Needham Free Public Library was awarded a Library Services Technology Act Grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners which was used to create a new STEAM Powered Creation Station inside the Children's Craft Room. The Creation Station provides children with a space to tinker, play and learn in an open-ended environment. Children can explore robotics, computer coding, engineering and electricity using a variety of items including the ones listed below:

Dot and Dash robots
Lego EV3 robotics kit
Raspberry Pi computer kits
Little Bits
Circuit Scribe
Squishy Circuits
MakeyMakey kits

A digital microscope is connected to a laptop and color printer so children can print and create digital art out of microscopic images. In addition to the science materials, traditional art and craft supplies are available, so a user may combine and create in whatever way their curiosity and imagination takes them.

The Library Services and Technology Act is the only federal program exclusively for libraries. It is administered on the federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library services and in the Commonwealth by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Steam Center Hours

The Creation Station is open:

Monday -Tuesday 3:30 to 8:30 pm
Wednesday 5:30-8:30 pm
Thursday 3:30-6:00 pm
Fridays 3:30- 5:00 pm
Saturdays 9-4:30 pm
Sundays 1-6:30 pm

Early Release Days 1:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Closed Holidays, and all days the Library is closed Closed when the room is being used for a program.

Science Projects Selector : Sciencebuddies is a great online resource for choosing science projects for home or school.

Science for Kids: Free games, cool science fair projects, fun experiments, interesting facts and videos.

Science and Engineering Activities from PBS Kids

A Kid's Guide to Mechanics and Engineering.  Math Science and Engineering Activities from Science Sparks

 Art Projects for kids using STEAM

 On-line Math Games

 STEAM Activities from the Boston Children's Museum