The library provides all ages with experiences for growth and learning. It’s place where kids, teens and adults can explore, create and experiment.
STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) learning is critical for students and can be both enriching and rewarding for adults. That’s why the library has invested in STEAM-related programs, services, and collections.
A highlight of the library’s many Full STEAM Ahead and Mad Scientist programs, the interactive 3-D technology of its zSpace computer lets users dissect frogs, create models and more. As part of the Discovery Zone, a STEAM-themed space for school-age children, zSpace shows how science and engineering happen right before their eyes. It’s a portable device, so it can also be the virtual star of STEAM events at local schools.
The library also brings STEAM stations to schools. Kids can explore using kits that let anyone become a hands-on inventor. Teachers get help in developing their students’ observation, analytical, planning and testing skills. The chance to engage students with technology tools sparks student innovation and challenges them to create designs that solve real-world concerns.
The zSpace, as well as the outreach kits for STEAM explorations, were funded by grants from the Bosch Community Fund, through the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation.
At the South Branch, young engineers have tested their skills and creativity with construction challenges at a BuilderFest and created dream cities during LEGOmania.
Teens and adults also have opportunities to learn new technologies at the library. Patrons may have seen incredible things created on 3-D printers, but the library is where to go to find out what 3-D design can do in real life. Come to a library program and see how to design toys, models and other custom objects. Then, work with librarians to send creations to the 3-D printers. Users have printed soap trays, battery caddies, luggage tags and more.
Watch for more STEAM programming and services for all ages, as MPPL provides access, tools and training to help you think, make and do.