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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Brandon Public Library is Forging Full STEAM Ahead

The Brandon Public Library, upon receiving a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, purchased and assembled Maker Space Kits for library programming. The kits, including a Makey Makey kit, a Snap Circuits kit, a Video Maker kit, a Strawbees kit, and a Jewelry Tool kit, are circulated among all Central Mississippi Regional Library System libraries. Appropriate and affordable containers have also been purchased for ease of transport between the libraries.

The goal with these kits is to emphasize STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) activities with K-12 through adult patrons, and it has been very successful. Every age group has been excited to learn and play with the kits, and have begun understanding how circuitry works and how they can apply it to everyday life. The Makey Makey kit, which requires the laptop kits to work, was used with teen patrons. Some of their projects included playing the piano with bananas, creating a drum set out of Play-Doh, and working together to make a large controller from Play-Doh and foil so that multiple teens could play a game together.

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