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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.

Steam Center Hours:

Currently closed 

All Steamed Up: Projects you can do at Home

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

 Art Projects for kids using STEAM

At Home Science Experiments with Steve Spangler, also check out some of his favorite video projects here!

DIY Universe: challenging kids to build their own understanding of how our universe works. Caregivers and kids explore exciting space science themes together, and create their own custom digital or 3D exhibits to share their learning.

A Handyman's Guide to Tinkering

Kids' Engineering Games Resource Guide

Kids’ Guide to Engineering: Learn about what an engineer is, some of the many different types of engineers out there and try out some STEM Engineering Games & Experiments 

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

Science and Engineering Activities from PBS Kids

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

STEM at Home is a collection of STEM Online Learning Resources curated by experienced McAuliffe Center educators.

Inclusion in the list may not be interpreted as the library’s endorsement.