By Jill Johnson
When you think of a library, you think: books, the alphabet and reading. But the Spokane County Library District is leading the way in STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. As the recipient of a grant from Thrive Washington, the library district is creating STEM kits for use by parents and early learning providers.
The idea is to have ready-to-go activities in a bag that can be checked out for free. The project is called “Ready for School with STEM.” Right now a team of volunteers is designing the lessons. Topics include math, water, dirt, construction, weather and dinosaurs. The activities are geared toward children ages 3 to 5.
The activities are short — just 10 to 30 minutes — and promise to make learning STEM fun! The lessons can be modified too, so if you’re short on time, try the “Quick Start” option. If you want a challenge, try the “Deeper Dive.” There is also a vocabulary component. This is a library, after all.
The kits are due to be complete later this spring and wouldn’t be possible without the help of these great organizations: Northeast Washington ESD 101, Spokane Public Library, Mobius Science Center, Spokane STEM, Rural Resources, Spokane Public Schools, Valley School District, and Community-Minded Enterprises.