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The public library will give away STEM kits for students K-5 starting Sunday, Jan. 9. 

Starting Sunday, Jan. 9, the West Linn Public Library will give away STEM kits for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The takeaway kits grew out of an existing program that formed before the pandemic, where the library would host in-house science, technology, engineering and math classes for K-12 students. The takeaway kits are the classes minimized

into bite-size form, which students can easily complete at home. COURTESY PHOTO: WEST LINN PUBLIC LIBRARY - The takeaway kits formed STEM kits to prompt curiousity for students.

The January kit will teach children to build a paper wind-powered object. Caitrin Lenartz, the emerging technologies librarian, said students can build a flying ring, an origami rocket or a wind-powered caterpillar with the given materials. Okay

"These activities help them find a passion, and things they're good at. That's why we vary the kits so that if you're not so great at building towers, maybe you're really good at making paper airplanes," Lenartz said.

The library will host other STEM kit giveaways throughout the year, and the kits will teach varying subjects within the field.. Lenartz said that this summer the library hopes to incorporate nature into the kits through a hybrid model nature course.

"Arts and crafts are just as valuable … but it's important that kids have fun and continue to learn outside of school. We think STEM (activities) are really important because it keeps kids curious," she said.

Registration is required to secure a kit. The link for registration can be found on the library's website (westlinnoregon.gov/library).


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