Let’s Learn About It!

The US Department of Education reports that the number of Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) jobs in the United States will grow by 14% from 2010 to 2020, growth termed as “much faster “ than the national average of 5-8 % across all job sectors.

The number of graduates in the STEAM fields is growing at a rate of only .8% annually according to current studies.

Getting more people involved in STEAM can help create a strong and able workforce. STEAM education is crucial to educate and prepare the next generation of the American, and global workforce, and to allow this generation to create jobs and grow the economy.

 

 

The benefits of STEAM learning include:

  • Exposes students to the creative process
  • Offers meaningful collaboration
  • Increases critical
  • Provides a unique way to problem-solve
  • Gives all students hands-on learning experiences

NASA Kits

About NASA KitsSun-Earth-Moon Connections KitBe a NASA Detective: Expanding Your Senses KitAudienceStreamable ResourcesFurther ResourcesBorrow a kit
The Colorado State Library (CSL) is excited to participate in NASA@ My Library, which is a national STAR Library Network (STAR Net) initiative that connects NASA, public libraries, state libraries, and their communities. Together we are working to increase STEM learning opportunities for millions of library patrons nationwide, particularly those underserved in STEM education. As part of the NASA@ My Library initiative, CSL is circulating copies of two kits—the Sun-Earth-Moon Connections kit and the Be A NASA Detective kit—to public libraries throughout the state. Through this project, CSL staff will also provide training on the kit activities, as well as on reaching audiences underserved in STEM education; engage space science expert volunteers in public library programming through NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors and Night Sky Network; and link this project to the 2019 summer program, A Universe of Stories.

NASA@ My Library is offered by the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and the Education Development Center. Funding comes from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate via cooperative agreement No. NNX16AE30A.
The Sun-Earth-Moon Connections Kit focuses on activities and experiences that better help patrons understand their place in space, and how the Sun and Moon impact our planet. Major content areas in this kit include: modeling both lunar and solar eclipses with easy to use tools, detecting ultraviolet light in a creative way, using sorting cards to explore concepts relating to size, distance, and temperature, and an experiential activity that allows for a greater understanding of the vast scale of our Solar System.

PATRONS WILL BE ABLE TO:
  • Model both lunar and solar eclipses with easy-to-use tools
  • Detect ultraviolet light in a creative way
  • Use sorting cards to explore concepts relating to size, distance, and temperature
  • Create a scale-size model of the Solar System
  • Safely view the Sun with Sunoculars
Developed by STAR Net’s NASA@ My Library team, this kit assists library staff in facilitating programs around exciting NASA science mission topics.
  • 2 bags UV beads,
  • 2 bags pony beads,
  • 2 bags pipe cleaners,
  • 2 UV flashlights,
  • 2 sunoculars,
  • 1 foam ball,
  • 10 small bags of various household items,
  • 27 sorting cards,
  • 5 yardsticks,
  • 12 toothpicks,
  • 5 1-inch balls,
  • 5 114-inch balls,
  • 10 binder clips,
  • 5 yardstick eclipse cards
  • informational sheets
  • 1 book - Moonbear's shadow by Frank Asch.
  • 1 book - Oh say can you say what's the weather today? by Tish Rabe.
  • 1 book - Dot to dot in the sky : stories of the aurora by Joan Marie Gala!.
  • 1 book - Getting a feel for lunar craters by David Hurd.

Sun Earth Moon Connections Overview



UV Kid video demo:


Jump to Jupiter video demo:




The Be A NASA Detective: Expanding Your Senses Kit focuses on activities and experiences that help patrons (and library staff!) be more comfortable using tools of science, and making predictions based on their observations. Major content areas in this kit include: modeling the vast distances in our Solar System using a fun paper folding project, creating the shapes of the Moon’s phases with some “tasty” resources, exploring science through art with planetary image analysis, investigating the insides of planets using hands-on objects, and using scientific tools such as a telescope and infrared thermometer to observe the properties of objects that are difficult to see with our eyes.

PATRONS WILL BE ABLE TO:
  • Model the vast distances in our Solar System using a fun paper folding activity
  • Create the shapes of the Moon’s phases with some “tasty” resources
  • Explore art as science and science as art through planetary images
  • Investigate the insides of planets using hands-on objects and detecting tools
  • Using scientific tools such as a telescope and infrared thermometer to observe properties of objects that are difficult to see with our eye

Developed by STAR Net’s NASA@ My Library team, this kit assists library staff in facilitating programs around exciting NASA science mission topics.
  • 1 pair binoculars
  • 1 tabletop telescope
  • 2 plastic storage boxes
  • 12 ornament balls
  • 1 bag small marbles
  • 1 bag paper clips
  • 1 bag pony beads
  • 3 small round magnets
  • 3 bar magnets
  • 1 flashlight
  • 1 red light flashlight
  • 1 kitchen scale
  • 1 magnetic science experiment kit
  • 24 colored pencils
  • 12 rolls adding machine paper
  • 2 infrared thermometers
  • 1 Earth ball
  • 2 strips standard staples: metal, plastic, wood
  • 1 book - Find the constellations by H.A. Rey.
  • 1 book - The secret galaxy by Fran Hodgkins.
  • 1 book - Starry skies by Samantha Chagollan.
  • 1 book - Secrets of our Earth by Carron Brown.
  • 1 book - Understanding Small Worlds in the Solar System by Cassandra Runyon, David Hurd and Joseph Minatra.
  • 1 book - Getting a feel for lunar craters by David Hurd.

The Be A NASA Detective Kit Overview

Loony Lunar Phases video demo:


Age Group:
  • Family
  • Early Elementary
  • Tweens (9-12)
  • Teens
  • Adults
Streamable Resources


STAR Net Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAlTEzl-kWDOrWf6-GBvpYQ/featured
Further Resources

How to borrow a kit

To borrow a kit, you will need to be enrolled in the CSL Resource Kit Borrowing Program. Your “Kit account” is the same as your CSL Book Club account if you participate in that program. If you already have a CSL Book Club user number and password, skip to step 4 below.
  1. Go to https://cslkits.cvlsites.org/enroll/
  2. Complete and submit the enrollment form.
  3. You will receive an email with a user number and password for your library within a short time.
  4. Go to our online resource catalog at https://csl.catalog.aspencat.info/
  5. Login into your CSL account using the “Login” button at the top right of the screen.
  6. Use the Search bar, or browse for “Resource Kit”, to find the Kit you want to borrow.
  7. Place a Hold on the desired kit.
  8. The checkout period is 2 months. If the kit is available, it will be sent to you the next business day via the Courier. If it is checked out to another library, your hold will remain in place until the item is available or you cancel the hold.
  9. Please remember to submit feedback either on the paper form included on the clipboard in the kit or online at - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSejFyBWhd4cus3KcYiFrwOuCSsGigvmDUFIASmvDpPRRMCs5w/viewform?usp=sf_link
The kits are not available for loan to out-of-state libraries, or organizations other than libraries, at this time. Kits cannot be reserved for a specific date in the future.
Contact  Kit Support (303-866-6900) with questions.

Returning the kit
As you prepare to return the kit, please verify that it is complete using the Kit contents checklist taped to the top of the box. Be sure to include your completed Feedback Form so that we can improve the experience for everyone.

These kits are made possible in part by funds from the NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

Archaeology & Fossils

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In partnership with the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History and University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, the Colorado State Library has fossil and archaeology kits for Colorado libraries to borrow! We hope these kits will allow your library to provide stimulating, Colorado-specific STEM programming for your patrons. The kits are designed for 4th graders but are easily adaptable for any age, from preschool through senior citizens. Both kits include hands-on items for your patrons to handle including real fossils and artifacts, background materials for staff, ready to go activity plans, maps, timelines, rulers, and much more to provide a rich, highly interactive learning experience.

 

 

 

 

 

This archaeology kit contains many replicas of real Colorado artifacts that kids and adults can hold and experience. Pottery shards and stone tools from different periods of Colorado history engage patrons with the tools that Native Americans used in their everyday lives. A replica spear thrower and modern day toy that operates on the same physics principles demonstrate technology changes and teach STEM lessons. Fire making materials round out the kit with more STEM principals. Background materials and an extensive teacher’s guide will help you present this kit to patrons of all ages.

Replica artifacts:

  1. Atlatl (spear thrower)
  2. Chuck-it (modern-day toy similar to an atlatl)
  3. Stone hand hold
  4. Tinder
  5. Hearths (2)
  6. Bow drill
  7. Clovis Point
  8. Folsom Point
  9. Calf Creek Point
  10. Tanged Point
  11. Pueblo Knife
  12. Side-Notched Point
  13. One pottery vessel
  14. 9 potsherds (3 painted, 3 corrugated, 3 grey ware)

3D printed items:

  • Bone awl
  • Bone needle
  • Side-notched projectile point

Ancient Colorado: An Archaeological Perspective / David Grant Noble

Intrigue of the Past: A Teacher’s Activity Guide for Fourth through Seventh Grades / Shelley J. Smith, Jeanne M. Moe, Kelly A. Letts and Danielle M. Paterson

Intrigue of the past: discovering archeology in Colorado (3 ring binder and CDROM)

1 DVD, Ancient technologies: fire starting, corn grinding, flint knapping, atlatl / Erin Baxter

Time line poster (laminated 36 cm x 29 cm)

8 laminated sheets of the time periods of the Pueblo culture

How to start a fire using the bow drill (4 sheets of printed instructions and illustrations)

Wallace ruin (1 laminated sheet)

10 hand lenses

10 rulers

This hands-on kit will engage patrons of all ages with real Colorado fossils that they can hold. From leaves and teeth to dinosaur bones and tracks, there are many STEM principals represented in this kit. Background materials and an extensive teacher’s guide will help you present this kit to patrons of all ages.

Fossils/fossil casts (16):

  1. Coprolite (fossilized feces)
  2. Trilobite
  3. Bivalve
  4. Dinosaur bone
  5. Cast of horse tooth
  6. Petrified wood
  7. Graptolite
  8. Fish
  9. Smooth Margin leaf
  10. Jagged Margin leaf
  11. Fern
  12. Shark tooth
  13. Unaltered bone (non-fossil)
  14. Unaltered shell (non-fossil)
  15. Cast of bear tooth
  16. Cast of Spinosaurus tooth

Fossil tracks/trackways (4):

  1. Cast of Theropod track
  2. Cast of Synapsid track
  • Drawing of Synapsid trackway
  • Drawing of Theropod trackway

3D printed items:

  • Fox skull
  • Shark tooth

1 Fossils in the Classroom Teacher Guide with CDROM

1 Places to See Fossils in Colorado poster

1 set of geologic timelines (overview, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Cenozoic)

1 set of fossil labels (18)

1 set of fossil leaf cards (24)

10 hand lenses

10 rulers

Number of copies:  5 of each kit

How to borrow a kit
To borrow a kit, you will need to be enrolled in the CSL Resource Kit Borrowing Program. Your “Kit account” is the same as your CSL Book Club account if you participate in that program. If you already have a CSL Book Club user number and password, skip to step 4 below.

  1. Go to https://cslkits.cvlsites.org/enroll/
  2. Complete and submit the enrollment form.
  3. You will receive an email with a user number and password for your library within a short time.
  4. Go to our online resource catalog at https://csl.catalog.aspencat.info/
  5. Login into your CSL account using the “Login” button at the top right of the screen.
  6. Use the Search bar, or browse for “Resource Kit”, to find the Kit you want to borrow.
  7. Place a Hold on the desired kit.
  8. The checkout period is 2 months. If the kit is available, it will be sent to you the next business day via the Courier. If it is checked out to another library, your hold will remain in place until the item is available or you cancel the hold.
  9. Please remember to submit feedback either on the paper form included on the clipboard in the kit or online at – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1VB47iO1cv4QYsyi9hADftBwUmvS9myEpZqWvdrHPw1E/edit

The kits are not available for loan to out-of-state libraries, or organizations other than libraries, at this time. Kits cannot be reserved for a specific date in the future. Contact  Kit Support (303-866-6900) with questions.

Returning the kit
As you prepare to return the kit, please verify that it is complete using the Kit contents checklist taped to the top of the box. Be sure to include your completed Feedback Form so that we can improve the experience for everyone.

Science Technology Engineering Art Math (STEAM) Kits

About these KitsBook FoldingEgg DropFractalsMusicBorrow a Kit

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics.  Educator Anna Feldman writes, “Rather than focus on rote memorization or mastery of separate topics, STEAM uses project-based students’ skills in creativity, design thinking, tech literacy, collaboration, and problem solving” (STEAM Rising” Slate.com 6/16/2015)

The book folding program is a great way to introduce a low-cost STEAM program into your library. Repeated use of a skill leads to mastery and ability to use it across applications better than rote memorization. Book folding requires the creator to use a ruler repeatedly to mark metric measurements on the page that, when folded at those marks on a 90-degree angle, creates a design.

Contents:

  • 1” red resource kit binder containing:
    • Programming outline
    • 1 red key-shaped USB flash drive containing printable documents
  • 1¼” white Embellishment Samples resource kit binder
  • 1½” white Patterns and Activities binder
  • 5 resource books:
    • The Repurposed Library, Lisa Occhipinti – 9781584799092
    • Folded Book Art, Clare Youngs – 9781782494157
    • Book Folding Pattern Book: Volume 9, DebbiMoore Designs – no ISBN
    • Mastering the World of Measuring with the Master Ruler – 9780972006915
    • Mastering the World of Angles with the Master Angle – 841971110899
  • 2 CDs
    • The Ruler Game, standard English and metric games
    • Book Folding Pattern CD Rom: Volume 5, Debbie Moore Designs
  • 15 tool-bags, containing
    • 1, 12” English/metric ruler
    • 1, 11” 30/60° triangle
    • 1, 8” 45/90° triangle
    • 1, 4¾” paper creaser (plastic bone folder)
    • 1, 8⅛” paper creaser (plastic bone folder)
  • 15 x-acto knives in a single bubble bag
  • 1 Sample Folded Book, Basic HEART Pattern
  • 1 clipboard with evaluation

Audience:

The kit is designed to be used by library staff seeking an activity to introduce measuring metric distance and the geometric concept of angles. The activity will create a piece of art, which can be kept, given as a gift, or used for fundraising. Staff could partner with a teacher, tutor, and/or artist in their community for additional support, but the contents of this kit will enable implementation of the book folding program with no math expertise, for under $100, and with 10 or fewer staff preparation hours.
The kit is meant to host a program for 15 teens through adults, with the following requirements:
Dexterity to fold paper on a straight edge.
Ability to count and learn to use metric measurements.
Ability to read and mark measurements on a ruler.

The egg drop challenge is a classic science experiment. Through it, children and young adults can experience abstract scientific concepts such as prototyping, motion and forces, energy transfer, the properties of materials, and the scientific method.
Families or groups can have fun working together to create prototypes!

Contents:

  • Sample RAFT Colorado egg drop kit
  • Yellow stopwatch
  • Kitchen scale
  • Laser tape measure
  • 12 safety scissors
  • Black camera case containing:
    • GoPro Hero (2018) camera (dark gray), in removable protective frame
      C3321124804987, SKU#CHDHB-501
    • Micro SD card (8GB, inside GoPro)
    • Black charging cable
    • Black screw-in base
  • Yellow hand grip with screw-in base for GoPro

Audience:

These activities and programs can be scaled for all ages and group sizes. Participants can go solo or form teams.

Anyone with an interest in art or math will enjoy learning about the magic of fractals! Even the non-mathematical will have fun with the beautiful imagery and the fascinating, mind-bending concepts and patterns (which require next to no math to understand).

Contents:

  • Sample RAFT Freaky Fractals kit and set of instructions
  • 12 jumbo magnifiers
  • 1 book: Mysterious Fractals (ISBN 9781620916278)
  • 28 white mandala dot painting stencils
  • 2 sets of Dazazzle Mandala Dotting Tools, which include:
    • 2 plastic paint trays
    • 2 Charcoal White #558 pencils
    • 10 acrylic & steel ball stylus tools, various colors and sizes
    • 16 acrylic rods, various colors and sizes
  • 24 Tessellations animal stencils, assorted designs
  • 2 wooden tile sets containing 352 pieces:
    • Penrose set #1 (in cloth drawstring Wooden Giraffe bag):
      • 108 kites with half -circle patterns
      • 68 dartes with half -circle patterns
    • Penrose set #2 (in cloth drawstring Wooden Giraffe bag):
      • 8 decagons
      • 12 elongated hexagons
      • 12 bowties
      • 12 pentagons
      • 16 darts
      • 20 kites
      • 22 elongated rhombuses
      • 32 diamonds (parallelograms)
      • 22 obtuse triangles
      • 14 medium isosceles triangles
      • 12 small isosceles triangles
      • 2 tiny isosceles triangles
  • Super Spirograph 75-Piece Jumbo Kit (50th Anniversary Edition) containing:
    • 31 Spiro-Tracks
    • 21 wheels
    • 2 rings
    • 2 racks
    • .31oz (9g) of reusable putty
    • 3 pens
    • 1 gold die-cast wheel
  • 1 bin of Puzzellations “In the Garden,” 231 foam tiles
  • 1 bin of Puzzellations “Kites & Darts,” 105 magnet-backed foam tiles
  • 3 rubber stamps:
    • 1 Mandelbrot stamp
    • 1 Sierpinski triangle stamp
    • Koch snowflake stamp

Audience

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Music programs are a great way to introduce low-cost STEAM programs into your library.  Many libraries engage their communities through unorthodox, hands-on programming that teaches STEAM principals.  Music education obviously taps into the Arts, but there are also mathematical principals that underline all instruments and composition.  Music is used every day for self-expression, entertainment, religion, therapy, forging personal connections and inspiring every kind of emotion.  Music teaches us to listen carefully.  It’s also an activity that builds community in a way that can appeal to diverse groups of people.

Contents:

1 1” red resource kit binder containing:

1 red key-shaped USB flash drive containing printable documents

1 clipboard

1 2” red resource kit binder containing:

  • 1 book (How to Play Ukulele: A Complete Guide for Absolute Beginners, 9781908707086)
  • 2 blue kazoos and cleaning wipes
  • Picks (including 2 pick holders, 1 white, 1 yellow)
  • ____ complete sets of replacement strings, plus ____ strings from incomplete sets
  • 2 finger shakers, one black, one blue
  • 8 4”x6” Ukulele Chords Cheatsheets
  • 2 Kala quick start guides: “Learn to Play Ukulele”
  • 2 white booklets: “How to Play Ukulele”
  • Contact tuner manuals (in sheet protector)

8 ukuleles:

  • 2 Lightwish mahogany concert ukuleles (with straps attached)
  • 2 black Kala Color Chord ukuleles
  • 2 red Mahalo ukuleles
  • 2 purple Hola! ukuleles

8 assorted black ukulele cases

1 24”x36” popular ukulele chords poster (in poster tube)

2 CDs (The Old Silo by James Hill and Travels by Jake Shimabukuro)

1 DVD (Mighty Uke: The Amazing Comeback of a Musical Underdog documentary)

1 black velvet bag containing:

  • 5 black contact tuners

Audience:

This kit is designed to be used by library staff who may know next to nothing about music themselves.  Staff can use their preparation time to learn the basics, or find a musician in their community to teach a program.

The materials in this kit are primarily for aspiring musicians, ages 9 and up.  Adults and children who want to learn to play an instrument will be able to dip their feet into the world of music and have fun making noise in the library.

How to borrow a kit
To borrow a kit, you will need to be enrolled in the CSL Resource Kit Borrowing Program. Your “Kit account” is the same as your CSL Book Club account if you participate in that program. If you already have a CSL Book Club user number and password, skip to step 4 below.

  1. Go to https://cslkits.cvlsites.org/enroll/
  2. Complete and submit the enrollment form.
  3. You will receive an email with a user number and password for your library within a short time.
  4. Go to our online resource catalog at https://csl.catalog.aspencat.info/
  5. Login into your CSL account using the “Login” button at the top right of the screen.
  6. Use the Search bar, or browse for “Resource Kit”, to find the Kit you want to borrow.
  7. Place a Hold on the desired kit.
  8. The checkout period is 2 months. If the kit is available, it will be sent to you the next business day via the Courier. If it is checked out to another library, your hold will remain in place until the item is available or you cancel the hold.
  9. Please remember to submit feedback either on the paper form included on the clipboard in the kit or online at – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1VB47iO1cv4QYsyi9hADftBwUmvS9myEpZqWvdrHPw1E/edit

The kits are not available for loan to out-of-state libraries, or organizations other than libraries, at this time. Kits cannot be reserved for a specific date in the future. Contact  Kit Support (303-866-6900) with questions.

Returning the kit
As you prepare to return the kit, please verify that it is complete using the Kit contents checklist taped to the top of the box. Be sure to include your completed Feedback Form so that we can improve the experience for everyone.