STEAM Learning

STEAM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, is a major focus area for your Plano Public Library, and the world of education as a whole. We have many resources available to you to begin or expand your STEAM journey.

Your library offers many STEAM programs each season, which you can get an idea of through our STEAM Connections playlist on YouTube. You can see our virtual STEAM program recaps on the blog, with embedded videos and instructions for each activity.


STEAM Kits

STEAM Kits are prepackaged learning topics, available for check out at the library. These kits are geared for particular age ranges based on what is included, from preschool through adults. Each kit includes a hands-on component, books and DVDs to learn more about the topic. You can see the full list of STEAM Kits on our website here, and in the Plano Public Library catalog you can place Kits on hold at any of our five locations. *NOTE: Libraries are closed due to the current health crisis. Items are not available for checkout nor can you place holds.

See how you can use some of these STEAM Kits in action in our STEAM Minute playlist on YouTube


100 Art Resources from Plano Public Library

Our library staff have put together a list of 100 ways to explore art using the library, including: video streaming, eBooks, databases, virtual program videos and more. Download the PDF document with interactive links below.


Library Databases

With your Plano Public Library card you have access to dozens of premiere resources for your learning needs. See the full list on our website here.

General
Academic Search Complete: multi-disciplinary full-text database with PDF content going back to 1887
Credo: access over 3,000,000 reference entries from all major academic subject areas serving as a starting point for your research
Infobase: reference database with information in a variety of subjects including science, history and culture
Lynda.com: online training courses from industry professionals covering a variety of topics and software

Science
Consumer Health Complete – EBSCO: providing information on a variety of health topics including medical and food sciences, nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health; access nearly 80 full text consumer health magazines
Health and Wellness Resource Center – GALE: information on fitness, medicine, nutrition, diseases, prescription drugs and more
Science in Context – GALE: contextual information on science topics showing how disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity
Science Online: broad range of scientific disciplines through essays, videos, biographies and experiments

Technology
Computer Source – EBSCO: the latest information and current trends in high technology

Engineering
Chilton’s Library – GALE: vehicle maintenance and repair information, including specification tables for specific vehicles, step-by-step service and repair procedures, vacuum and wiring diagrams, and close-up photographs/illustrations

Arts
Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center – EBSCO:
detailed how-to instructions and creative ideas for a variety of hobbies and interests; includes a Kids Crafts center
Literary Reference Center – EBSCO: full-text database with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works

Math
Learning Express Library: online practice tests plus other occupations/subjects, college prep and software tutorials
Tutor.com: live online tutors every day from 2 – 11 p.m. on many subjects; includes skill reference centers and test prep for science, math and English
Science Online: broad range of scientific disciplines (including math) through essays, videos, biographies and experiments


eBooks & More

With your Plano Public Library card you have access to thousands of digital books, audiobooks, magazines, video streaming and Great Courses. See our eBooks and More page on our website for all available resources, but here is a sampling for STEAM subjects:

OverDrive books (read online or through the Libby app)

Science
Technology / Computer Technology
Art / Music / Performing Arts
Mathematics


RBdigital magazines and Great Courses (online or through the RBdigital app)

Magazines include: Astronomy, Digital Photo Pro, Field & Stream, a variety of crochet/knitting/quilting magazines, National Geographic, PC World, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science and Smithsonian Magazine

Great Courses topics include: Economics & Finance; Health, Fitness & Nutrition; Hobby & Leisure; Literature & Language; Mathematics; Music & Fine Arts; Science; and, Travel


Kanopy video streaming (watch online or through the Kanopy app)

The Arts includes films on architecture, dance, design and photography
Science, Nature and Technology documentaries
Sciences includes films on applied science, astronomy, engineering, computer science and physics
Health includes films on everyday health, medicine and sports fitness

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