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

Preschool Science Fair (ages 3-6)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Calling all future scientists! Join us for an afternoon of experiments and discoveries! This hands-on event is a fantastic way to experiment with basic scientific concepts using a variety of tools and materials. Explore and learn as you travel through 4 fun science fair stations. Be prepared to get a little messy! Ages 3-6, with an adult. Register early as space is limited!

STEM Squad

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 5:00pm to 5:45pm
Age Group: 
Come learn about the STEM Lab's 3D printer! In this program series, children will learn how 3D printers work and create their own printing file. Judges will select one file to print at the second session, which will then be put on display in the STEM Lab. The program is held on Oct 22 and Nov 19 and participants must attend both sessions. Ages 10-13. Registration required.

*November* STEM Club for 3-5 year olds

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
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*