This August, the Dover Public Library is launching a new service for area schools and groups with its first Mobile STEAM Lab.
Officials explain that the traveling lab features new training tools and games to exercise skills in science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
Mobile STEAM Lab participants will have the chance to learn, play, and create with the lab’s resources. Highlights of the lab include two 3D printing pens; an Ozobot robot; three Snap Circuits sets; KEVA Planks; an assortment of math games, and fuse beads.
The contents of the Mobile STEAM Lab were chosen with a large classroom setting in mind. “The aim is to set up as many activity stations as possible so that participants can take turns with the higher demand objects, like the robot and the printing pens, but have fun while waiting,” explains Teen Librarian Liz Strauss.
The Mobile STEAM Lab will be available for area school visits, social clubs, youth groups, and retirement facilities. Activities are best suited for ages eight and up.
“We want to share these new technologies with a wide audience,” says Library Director Jim Gill. “We see this as a terrific opportunity to partner not only with schools, but also with other organizations in our community.”
The lab was funded by a 21st Century Grant with Dover High School promoting collaboration, technology, and engaging students both in and out of classrooms.
Groups interested in a visit from Dover Public Library’s Mobile STEAM Lab are asked to contact Teen Librarian Liz Strauss at 330-343-6123 for more information.
Michaela Madison Reporting