Stem Lab.
Cutting the ribbon on the Stem Lab
Cutting the ribbon on the Stem Lab

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math- and the STEM approach to teaching and learning has been a hot topic in education circles for a number of years. Integrating the content and skills of science, technology, engineering, and math begins as early as preschool, launching students on a pathway of learning that focuses on logical reasoning, critical thinking, collaboration, and investigation. The goal of STEM education is to prepare students for post-secondary study and the 21st-century global workforce.

FCPL already supports STEM through our collections and programs and is pleased to announce the opening of the STEM Lab at C. Burr Artz Public Library to meet the needs of area students and to support the goals of local and statewide education initiatives.

STEM Lab Hours

The STEM Lab will be closed January 4th through 16th for STEM Curiousity Academy.

Thursdays from 11am to Noon and 3:30-5pm EST
Saturdays: 2-3pm EST
Ages: Preschool through 18, those under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
Stem Lab capacity is Fifteen (15) users on a first come, first served basis. Users may explore the lab for 30 minutes at a time.
Lab equipment may vary from week to week.

STEM Lab Features

  • Programs presented by Library Staff
  • 3D Printer
  • Snap Circuits including rover
  • R2D2 remote control gadget
  • iPad minis with apps
  • Microscopes
  • Drone
  • LEGO® Mindstorms
  • Goldieblox
  • Robotic Dinosaur
  • Plasma ball
  • 3Doodler 3d pen

The STEM Lab is generously underwritten by organizations including:

NCLF (National Center for Families Learning )AAA LogoKinderCare Learning Centers LogoFrederick County Public Libraries Logo

Upcoming STEM Events at C. Burr Artz

Think with BINK: A Fort Detrick Alliance STEM Program for Kids (grades 1-5)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 4:15pm to 4:45pm
A visiting scientist, technician, engineer or mathematician from the Fort Detrick Alliance will teach us all about STEM each month!

February theme: Money Matters: Teach Children to Save Program
Math is everywhere! Did you know that you can use math to help your money grow? Join Mary Barry from Frederick County Bank to learn about budgeting, saving, and how interest works to increase your bank account.

March theme: Math Is Popping Up

Math for Bookworms

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 2:30pm to 3:00pm
Age Group: 
No matter what the elementary math topic- addition, subtraction, ratio and proportion, geometry or probability, there seems to a children's book about it! Join us as we explore a new topic each month. Pre-reading of the title is not required. Ages 7-11 Registration Required
Feb 16th- If You Hopped Like a Frog

*February* STEM Club for 3-5 year olds

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Join us for our fun STEM Club. In this club we will explore the STEM concept, making creative, innovative projects based around various fun STEM-related challenges. *3-5 years old*