STEAM Powered Creation Station
The STEAM Powered Creation Station is a drop-in center in the Needham Free Public Library's Children's Room where children ages 6 years and up can explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.
The STEAM station focuses on computer coding, engineering, robotics and electricity. Children can use a digital microscope to print color microscopic images and use those images to create art. They can learn computer coding using Raspberry Pi computers to code in Python or Audrino, Makey Makey kits using Scratch or program Dot and Dash robots using Blocky.
The station also has a LEGO's Mindstorm EV3 robot children can build, rebuild and program. Children can learn about electricity using Lil Bits, Lil Bits Gizmos and Gadgets, Squishy Circuits, Snap Circuits and Circuit Scribe. Several building kits are available for exploring engineering with gears, propellers and wrenches. Building kits include Planks, Jix, a marble run and more. Art and craft materials, pullies, rope, tubing, and recycle materials are available for children to use in creating their own engineering creations, inventions or art works. Books, web sites and a volunteer are available to offer instructions, assistance and project ideas.
The STEAM Powered Creation Station is open in the summer from
9:00am - 8:30pm Mondays -Thursdays;
9:00-5:00 on Fridays, 9-4:30 pm on Saturdays and
1-4:30 pm on Sundays.
During the School year the STEAM station opens after school weekday afternoons from
3:30-8:30 Monday -Thursday;
3:30-5:00 on Fridays; 9-4:30 on Saturdays and
1-6:30 on Sundays.