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

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

Art Zone: STEM + Art =STEAM

Friday, April 3, 2015 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm
What does art have to do with science, technology, engineering, and math? In this class we will explore how science, technology, engineering, and math play an important part in the creation of art. We will explore several techniques and methods to create a 3-D piece of art to take home. All materials and tools will be provided, and no previous drawing experience is required.

MinecraftEDU Meetup

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Explore the world of MinecraftEDU during our bi-weekly Minecraft program. Bring Your Own Device for drop-in free play. *The library will provide several laptops for participants to use. Please feel free to bring your own device that you already play Minecraft on! Ages 6-12.