Our new collection of STREAM kits is meant to help young library users build their Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math skills through engaging and innovative play. Keep reading to see what kits you can check out from AWRPL, or learn more about our STREAM program here.
Please remember that STREAM kits cannot be placed on hold, and can only be checked out by an adult whose library card is in good standing. Please refer to our STREAM Kit Policy and contact us if you have any questions.
The age ranges listed below are simply recommendations from each kit’s manufacturer. Parents or guardians checking out STREAM kits on behalf of their children shall consider the child’s age when selecting appropriate activities to take home.
Ages 5 and under:
Little Lacers 123: Lace & Learn Your First Numbers!
A tactile way to learn your first numbers! Little Lacers: 123 combines the fun of lacing cards with the portable convenience of a book! Using three colored shoelaces, children can learn the numbers 1 through 10 by lacing the holes cut around each large number. No lost cards, no bulky boxes-just hours of number-lacing fun!
Busy Builder Set
Dig, Mix, and Build with this fun and colorful playset featuring three chunky board books, three rolling wooden vehicles, and a play mat for added fun! Little ones will enjoy reading and playing along with three of their favorite busy builder vehicles as they drive through town hauling, scooping, mixing, and lifting.
Ages 5 through 8
My First Coding Book
It’s never too early to learn computer coding! With innovative, interactive paper engineering, My First Coding Book is a playful, hands-on introduction to offline coding and programming that will give children ages 5 to 7 a head start. Filled with puzzles, mazes, and games to teach the basic concepts of sequences, algorithms, and debugging, this book will help children develop critical thinking, logic, and other skills to cement lifelong computer literacy.
STEM Explorers Magnet Movers
Kids experiment with the motion of magnetic attraction and other early physics concepts with this magnetic wand and set of magnetic accessories. This kit is STEM approved by STEM.org supplying hours of educational fun. Develop critical thinking, cause and effect and problem solving to spark curiosity early.
Code & Learn Ladybug
Introduce children to basic programming and coding by using the coding card deck and the colored grid to program the remote-control ladybug to reach the correct destination. This is a great tool for learning sequencing, directions, problem solving, and logic.
Code & Learn Space Ship
Introduce children to basic programming and coding by using the coding card deck and the colored grid to program the remote-control space ship to reach the correct destination. This is a great tool for learning sequencing, directions, problem solving, and logic.
Osmo Genius Kit (for iPad)
The Osmo Genius Kit is an educational gaming system that works with your iPad and game apps to transform the physical space in front of the iPad into a digital game board. Games included are Tangram (500+ visual and spatial puzzles. Arrange puzzle pieces to build challenging shapes.), Words (Guess and spell hidden words with physical tiles.), Numbers (Explore and play with math in an open-ended environment.), Newton (60+ levels of creative engineering).
Charged and ready to play out of the box, Dash is a real robot that makes learning to code fun for kids. Responding to voice, navigating objects, dancing, and singing… Dash presents your kids with hundreds of projects, challenges and puzzles as well as endless possibilities for freeform plays. Dash works with 5 free mobile apps for your Apple, Android and Kindle Fire devices.
Ages 8 and up
Engineer Academy Marble Run
This kit contains everything kids need to build a nearly two-foot high working marble run, complete with wheels, ramps, stops, and drops—two marbles included. As construction begins, young engineers in training can read along in the science activity book to test theories, perform experiments, and learn all about mechanics, speed, forces, and other scientific principles that relate to their marble run. Focusing on STEM concepts in a fun and engaging way, this kit is a great option for an upcoming science fair or a quiet rainy day at home.
Robotics Smart Machines Hoverbots
This kit gives kids a simple, fun, and customizable introduction to robotics. You can build eight motorized robots that use a special self-balancing technology to move around. Code programs for your bots using an easy, visual programming app on a tablet or smartphone, which connects to the robots via a wireless Bluetooth connection. The robots use a combination of sensors to balance themselves.
Virtual Reality Smartphone Headset
Bring your gaming experience to a whole new level with this blue ONN Virtual Reality Headset. Simply download your favorite VR game, 3D movie or augmented reality app, place your smartphone into the headset and snap the protective cover shut. Fully adjustable optical lenses and nylon strap of the virtual reality smartphone headset ensure a clear picture and comfortable fit. It fits iPhones, Samsung and other smartphones with screens up to 6 inches.