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The Needham Free Public Library has been awarded a Library Services Technology Act Grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners which has been used to create a new STEAM Powered Creation Station inside the Children's Craft Room.  The Creation Station will provide 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
3D Doodler

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

Several demonstrations, performances and workshops are planned throughout the year to help inspire young scientists and inventors. 

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 will be open

   Weekdays after school 3:30 to 8:30 pm
Early Release Days 1:00 pm to 8:40 pm
 Fridays 3:30- 5:00
Saturdays 9-4:30
 Sundays 1-6:30

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



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Science and Engineering Activities from PBS Kids

A Kid's Guide to Mechanics and Engineering.  

Math Science and Engineering Activities from Science Sparks

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On-line Math Games

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