Free STEM Kits for Eastern Washington Providers and Families — And an Online Version, Too

By Jill Johnson
Community-Minded Enterprises
SCLD_2A year in the making and worth every minute, the Spokane County Library District‘s STEM Kits are here! Almost.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, volunteers assembled the STEM kits, some 300 in all. The kits were made possible by a grant from Thrive Washington.
The official name of the project is “Getting Ready for School With STEM.” The idea: create lessons-in-a-bag for use by preschool teachers, child care providers, and families in Eastern Washington. Subjects fall under six fun themes: Math, Weather, Dinosaurs, Dirt, Construction and Water. The best part is you don’t have to be a math whiz — or science whiz for that matter — to use them.
Each kit contains two versions of the lesson (a “Quick Start” and a “Deeper Dive”) along with materials and one or more books to match the theme.
SCLD_3The kits will be available starting in November through these agencies:

  • Rural Resources
  • Valley School District
  • Spokane Public Schools
  • St. Anne’s Children and Family Center
  • Children’s Home Society
  • Steven’s County Library
  • Whitman County Library
  • Spokane County Library District
  • Spokane Public Library
  • Camas Early Learning Center
  • Martin Luther King Center
  • Cheney Public Schools Early Learning Center
  • West Valley Public Schools Early Learning Center
  • Herzog Family Center
  • Pullman Library
  • Community-Minded Enterprises
  • NEWESD 101
  • Salish School

SCLD_1“We’re very excited to be able to provide these free lessons to families in the community,” said Mary Ellen Braks, the project coordinator. “It really was a team effort.”
The lessons will also be available online, via the Spokane County Library District’s website, making Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as close as your computer, tablet or smart phone.