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Cool things we lend: STEAM-to-go Kids

Did you know the Northfield Public Library now has a collection of cool STEAM tech to lend?

In 2021, the Library received a Library Services & Technology Act, Grants to States Program mini grant, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) using federal funding to create these circulating technology kits, and we are overjoyed to share them with our community. 

We created these kits to broaden access to creative, hands-on STEAM learning by allowing patrons to try out new technology from the comfort of home. 

Click through the tabs of available kits to learn more about what fun and learning await you, or download the brochure below. 

 

** Note: Some kits require an iPad or other smart device. The library has iPads available to check out with each kit, or you may use a device from home. Please keep in mind, school-issued iPads will, in most cases, not work with these kits. Most kits requiring a device also require the patron to download an app, a function that is often not available on school-issued iPads. **

Learn the basics of coding including sequencing, loops, and problem solving—all with a hands on game!

Ages 5-10. **This kit requires an iPad.**

Three apps can connect with this kit: Coding Awbie, Coding Duo, and Coding Jam. 

Go on a hands on learning adventure adventure and spark your little one's imagination with six fun games.

Ages 3-5. **This kit requires an iPad.**

Six apps can connect with this kit: ABCs, Sticks and Rings, Squiggle Magic, Counting Town, Costume Party, and Stories.

Foster a love of engineering, art, math, and reading with five games to play and explore.

Ages 5-10. **This kit requires an iPad.**

Five apps can connect with this kit: Numbers Education, Math Buzz, Words Education, Lettertopia, and Tangram Game. 

 

 

Nourish the artist in your child! Blend real-life doodles with on-screen action in three amazing games.

Ages 5-10. **This kit requires an iPad.**

Two apps can connect with this kit: Monster, and Newton Masterpiece. 

 

Design your own video game! Create characters and a side-scrolling game level, and create a storyline to guide the action.

Ages 8+.

**This kit requires a device with the downloaded Bloxels app. Use a personal device or check out an iPad separately.**

 

 

 

Use this basic circuit board to turn everyday objects into interactive touchpads.

Ages 8+. 

 

** This kit requires a device with a USB port and internet access. Use a personal device or check out an iPad and separately. **

Make your own Operation game using the Makey Makey circuit board and some basic supplies from home.

 

 

Use a device's camera and the Merge Cube to explore and play with Augmented Reality (AR).

Ages 5+.

** This kit requires a device with the downloaded Merge Cube app. Use a personal device or check out an iPad separately. **

Two apps can connect with this kit: Th!ngs by Merge Cube, and Merge Object View.

Note: Th!ngs by Merge Cube is not available on Android devices.