STEAM Center Opens
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:
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- 3:30 to 8:30 pm
Tuesday- 3:30 to 6:00 pm
Wednesday- 5:30-8:30 pm
Thursday- 3:30-8:30 pm
Friday- 3:30- 5:00 pm
Saturday- 9:00-4:30 pm
Sunday- 1:00-6:30 pm
Early Release Days 1:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Closed Holidays and all days the Library is closed. Also closed when the room is being used for a program.
All Steamed Up: Projects you can do at Home
Science for Kids: Free games, cool science fair projects, fun experiments, interesting facts and videos.
Science and Engineering Activities from PBS Kids
Art Projects for kids using STEAM
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.
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.