Expand Your Learning with STEAM Kits

Take home a STEAM Kit today to explore something new with Plano Public Library!

What Is a STEAM Kit?

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Currently, Plano Public Library has 100 STEAM kits, available to check out for free with your Plano Public Library card.

We design our STEAM kits with all ages in mind. Preschool and Elementary STEAM kits set up children for academic success, while Teen and Adult kits explore different technologies and artistic skills. There’s something for the whole family!

Check out our STEAM Minute videos on the Plano Public Library YouTube channel to see our STEAM Kits in action! You can also see our Teen STEAM Kits on a playlist created by teen interns in 2018.

STEAM kits come to you packed in plastic boxes, which vary in size from the compact Teen kits all the way to our Straw Rocket Launcher kit, which comes in a box roughly the size of a small bathtub! Inside, you will find books, DVDs, activities and more—everything you need for a thorough introduction to any given topic.


Checking Out and Returning STEAM Kits

Place a STEAM kit on hold for pickup at any of the five Plano Public Library locations. Read our guide to placing and picking up holds for detailed instructions on how to navigate the holds process, or contact any of our libraries for assistance.

Here are all of the STEAM Kits in the library catalog for easy requesting.

Once the library reopens for browsing, STEAM kits can be selected and checked out without placing a hold! See the library website for service updates.

To return a kit, no need to try and fit it through the book drop: See our porch side specialty return instructions for details on how to return STEAM kits and other special items such as Inter-Library Loans.

Once a STEAM Kit is returned, it is set aside for quarantine like all library returns. After 72 hours, a staff person checks the kit to be sure all required items are in the kit and in working order. If something is missing or we have a question, we will reach out; otherwise, it goes on to the next person!


Our fave STEAM Kits

We’re highlighting some of our favorite STEAM kits! Explore these and more in the library catalog, where you can browse and see all available options.

Calligraphy & Brush Lettering

Adult Art Kit | See it on YouTube

Did you want to learn some fancy lettering techniques after sitting in on one of our Bullet Journaling classes? Explore calligraphy and brush lettering with this kit, which includes instructional materials, practice sheets, and writing instruments. Check out our video of this kit in action below!

Other art kits for adults include Macramé and Watercolor Pencil.


Magnets

Preschool Science Kit

Experiment with the power of magnets with this hands-on kit! Including a variety of magnets in many sizes and shapes, this kit allows young learners to feel the magnetic push and pull for themselves.

Check out our Facebook page for virtual storytimes and other early learning activities to complement a Preschool STEAM kit.


Bloxels

Teen Technology Kit

Have you ever wanted to try coding an app or game for your phone or computer? Recommended for ages eight and up, the Bloxels kit makes it easy to get started with your very first video game.

Having trouble finding our selection of Teen STEAM kits? Search ‘Teen Kit’ in our catalog, then narrow your search by type of material to only include kits.


Here are all of the STEAM Kits in the library catalog for easy requesting.

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