The Free Library of Springfield Township has received an “Design, Create, Play” Tinkering kit, made possible by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) through Pennsylvania’s Out-of-School Time project. The purpose of the Tinkering Kit project is to enhance, expand, and increase STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) programming to youth ages 8-18.
The “Design, Create, Play” Tinkering Kit provides an overview of STEAM concepts that appeal to school-age students. Youth will enjoy experimenting and testing technology with resources such as 3D pens, circuit art and sewing circuit activities, and a digital fabricator and design software. Kit items, made available for use through library programming, will encourage multi-faceted learning styles and interests with both technology and arts activities.
“For decades libraries have been the portal for individuals to be introduced to the latest technologies and receive instruction to be proficient users of all kinds of software, hardware and internet resources,” said Susan Banks, Acting Deputy Secretary & State Librarian. “These Tinkering Kits and the accompanying programs that libraries of all sizes can do put Maker activities in the hands of all kids across the Commonwealth. Everyone belongs in this Maker world – and libraries can help young Makers connect to their interests and dreams for the future.”
Tinkering kit items will be made available at various programs presented by the children's and teen departments at the library. Items will regularly be available to experiment with at Tinker Tuesdays, held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 3 to 5 PM. This program is for teens in grades 6 to 12. Please keep an eye on the library website for future programs using these new STEM materials.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries.