STEM Lab

The STEM Lab at C. Burr Artz.

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

Open every thursday 3-5pm EST (More hours will be added in the fall, please check back later.)
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

*NASA Moon Rock Display in the Community Room*

Date: 
Monday, August 4, 2014 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm
Join us for a special NASA Moon Rock Display in the Community Room! Stop by the Community Room from 6:30-7 to take a look at real moon rocks on loan from NASA and learn a bit about NASA's recent mission to the moon- LADEE.
*Thank you to PNC Bank for making this event possible.*

Friday Morning Movie: Sid The Science Kid The Movie

Date: 
Friday, August 8, 2014 - 10:30am to 11:45am
Movies on the library's big screen! Bring a pillow or blanket and get comfortable.

Sid and his classmate Gabriela enter a contest and win the exclusive opportunity to visit a new modern science museum before it opens to the public. There the kids meet a quirky scientist who has designed robot tour guides of the future! Then one of the robots goes haywire and the grand opening is in jeopardy! It is up to Sid and his friends to work as a team to find the rogue robot and save the day!

*August* STEM Club for 6-8 year olds

Date: 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm
Age Group: 
Join us for our fun STEM Club! In this club, we will explore the STEM concept, making creative and innovative projects and participating in various fun STEM-related challenges! *6-8 years old* *Registration Required*

*August* STEM Club for 9-12 year olds

Date: 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 5:00pm to 5:45pm
Age Group: 
Join us for our fun STEM Club! In this club, we will explore the STEM concept, making creative and innovative projects and participating in various fun STEM-related challenges! *9-12 years old* *Registration Required*

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

Date: 
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm
A visiting scientist from the Fort Detrick Alliance will teach us all about STEM each month!

August Theme: Backyard Bugs
Have you ever wondered about the bugs that you often see in your backyard, at the playground, or in the park? Do you know which ones are potentially harmful? Which are harmless? Which bugs are beneficial to the environment? How about which bugs might be harmful to the environment? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this informative presentation on backyard bugs.

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