Elementary STEM kits

Elementary STEM kits are available for checkout by patrons for use across the county.

Carver County Library received a grant to purchase Elementary STEM kits that are available for checkout by patrons for use across the County.

Elementary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) kits enable students ages 5-10 to explore themed kits in order to deepen their knowledge of STEM concepts. These kits will provide access to science learning opportunities for the needs of communities within Carver County.

The themed kits are as follows: Awesome Architecture, Coding for Kids, Dinosaur Dig – Discover the Giants, Geometry – The Shape of Math, Plants & Insects, and Robotics. Each kit has multiple books and activities that are based on the STEM thematic theme. “The Youth Services Team has worked diligently to make sure that these kits are available to the public. We hope to incorporate even more elements to the kits once we are able to have in-house programming”, said Kristin Schneider – Youth Services Librarian, Victoria Library.

The grant is from IEEE: Advancing Technology for Humanity - Region 4 – Science Kits for Public Libraries project.

To reserve an Elementary STEM kit, patrons can visit the Carver County Library catalog at https://carverlib.ent.sirsi.net . Log in to your account, then search ‘stem kit’ to reserve the item. Kits can be picked up using our Grab n Go service at all libraries, or curbside pick-up service at varying locations. Elementary STEM kits can also be reserved by calling your local library branch.


If the thought of science, technology, engineering, and math intrigues you, try one of these titles from one of our thoughtfully curated librarian booklists - Women Who Code and Calculate:

“The Woman Who Smashed Codes” by Jason Fagone. In 1916, Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the U.S. government, and he soon asked Smith to apply her language skills to the new venture of code breaking. During Prohibition, Smith used her talents to catch gangsters and smugglers; during World War II, Smith cracked multiple versions of the Enigma machine used by German spies.

“Code Girls: The untold story of the American women code breakers of World War II” by Liza Mundy. Code Girls reveals a hidden army of female cryptographers, whose work played a crucial role in ending World War II. 

“Rise of the Rocket Girls” by Nathalia Holt. In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.

“Headstrong: 52 women who changed science and the world” by Rachel Swaby.  This fascinating tour reveals 52 women at their best — while encouraging and inspiring a new generation of girls to put on their lab coats.

“The Glass Universe: How the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars” by Dava Sobel. In the mid-nineteenth century, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as calculators, or "human computers," to interpret the observations their male counterparts made via telescope each night. The "glass universe" of half a million plates that Harvard amassed over the ensuing decades enabled the women to make extraordinary discoveries that attracted worldwide acclaim.


Storytime Live on Facebook: Last Spring Storytime 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 14. Storytimes will resume Monday, June 7 to kick off the Summer Reading Program.


Find these events at www.facebook.com/CarverCountyLibrary/videos.

Get Crafty with Maren: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 13. Join Adult Services librarian Maren every second Thursday from March to May at 6:30 p.m. to learn a different craft. Once we premiere it, we'll leave it up for you in case you want to make more, miss a step, or want to share. Thursday, May 13 features "Spring Watercolor with Salt Technique." Paint a spring themed watercolor using a salt technique to create beautiful textures.

Cooking in the Kitchen with Jodi and Morgan: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 15. Chaska Library Branch Manager Jodi and avid library user Morgan are back with special dog guest Duke, to take advantage of the Library's cookbook collection and feature a delicious recipe.

Spring Music Series – Gaelynn Lea: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 19. Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been bewitching scores of fans with her haunting original songs and experimental takes on traditional fiddle music; her approach incorporates live looping, thoughtful lyrics and sonic exploration.

Spring Author Series – Katie Stifter: 6:30, Thursday, May 20. Minnesota native Katie Stifter will discuss her writing and recently published book, "The Funny Thing about Grief." Katie’s humor and strength while recovering from her husband's unexpected passing are an inspiration for all.

Jodi Edstrom is branch manager for the Chaska Library. For questions about services, contact staff at www.carverlib.org/about-us/contact-us or reach out to Edstrom directly at 952-227-7603 or jedstrom@co.carver.mn.us.