STEM Lab

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

Think with BINK: Engineering 3D Tissues and Organs from Stem Cells

Date: 
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm
Did you know that STEM cells isolated from seaweed can be used to make food? Learn more about manufactured organs and tissues in this presentation by Dr. Jon Rowley, Ph.D., Chief Executive & Technology Officer for RoosterBio, Inc.

Weather Forecasting

Date: 
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Age Group: 
Are you a budding meteorologist? Join us for this three week program and learn about weather temperature changes, precipitation, wind direction, and barometric air pressure. Create your own rain gauge, anemometer and barometer and record all your data in your own weather journal. Registration required. MUST attend all three weeks. Ages 8-11

3, 2, 1, SUGO!

Date: 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Age Group: 
What is SUGO? Sumo wrestling for LEGO® robots! Learn how to customize LEGO® NXT robots and challenge other builders in a SUGO match with members of the RoboRangers 4-H Club.

This STEM program is for children entering kindergarten through grade 3. Registration required.

Wildlife Ambassadors: Amazing Animals

Date: 
Friday, July 10, 2015 - 11:00am to 11:45am
Come for a unique and amazing experience that introduces you to animals from around the world as well as those that live in our own backyards. Find out how animals survive, raise their young and live in their unique habitats.

Weather Forecasting

Date: 
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Age Group: 
Are you a budding meteorologist? Join us for this three week program and learn about weather temperature changes, precipitation, wind direction, and barometric air pressure. Create your own rain gauge, anemometer and barometer and record all your data in your own weather journal. Registration required. MUST attend all three weeks. Ages 8-11

Teen Coding Club

Date: 
Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Age Group: 
Want to design your own mobile app for Android? Learn how in this four-part program! Using the MIT App Inventor website, you'll learn all the steps in creating an Android app that you can then share with your friends and family.

Registration is required and extremely limited for this program series. Must be thirteen and up, in order to register for the App Inventor website. Homework may be assigned and participants must be able to attend all four programs. Refreshments will be served.

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