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STEAM Kits at Plano Public Library

STEAM Kits


Plano Library promotes innovative literacy for all ages. STEAM Kits offer families a way to experiment and learn together. The selection of kits continues to grow and includes learning components for science, technology, engineering, arts and math to support STEAM-based learning
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Elementary A-L (PDF)
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Teen (PDF)
Adult (PDF)

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STEAM on YouTube

STEAM on You Tube


Watch Plano Public Library STEAM videos. The videos complement our innovative STEAM programs, dedicated to the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics


3D Printing at Plano Public Library

3D Printing

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This service is available only at Davis, Harrington and Parr Libraries. Must have a Plano library card

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STEAM Connections

Follow us on Facebook to watch live videos Monday–Friday at 3pm on STEAM and family learning activities you can do at home. Don’t worry if you miss the live videos, you can watch all of them with the links below
Wonder Cafe - Explore the Night Sky with Plano Public Library

Wonder Cafe: Explore the Night Sky

Les Murray, the Sky Ambassador is a NASA Solar System Ambassador. SSAs are motivated volunteers trained by NASA Scientists, Project Managers and Astronauts on NASAs programs and missions. His presentation is on what is up in the sky and how to observe it. Les will answer your questions about space, the sky, and NASA missions
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Wonder Cafe Popping off the Page with Plano Public Library

Wonder Cafe: Popping off the Page

Have you ever wondered how an idea becomes a product? Explore how the three dimensions of space—length, width and depth, can bring shape to an idea. Learn why 3D Design is important to bringing improvements to modern life. Kyle Aruda, Engineer with Siemens
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Do Take It & Make Activities at Home

  • Pickup process: call the library when you arrive and let them know you want to pickup a Take It & Make It Activity
  • Supplies for Take It & Make It Activities are available on a first come, first served basis 
  • Pickup at all five locations – Wednesday-Saturday 
  • Each week Take It & Make It Activities support a STEAM Connections family activity, geared for “all ages”. Younger children can participate with extra help from parents/caregivers
  • Check the Program Schedule to see which Take It & Make It Activity is coming up

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STEAM Connections Wind Energy

STEAM Connections: Wind Energy

The wind is all around us, but did you know we can use wind to create electricity? Windmills are a type of simple machine. The oldest windmills and the newest wind turbines are both examples of a wheel and axle machine. In this activity, we will build a simple windmill that we will use to power a pulley system to lift a bucket
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STEAM Connections Seismographs with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Seismographs

Every year there are thousands of earthquakes around the globe. Have you ever wondered how scientists know how strong they are? Learn how to make your own seismograph
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STEAM Connections Fingerprinting with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Fingerprinting

Have you notice when you touch something, it leaves a mark? Especially on a shiny surface, like a phone screen or tablet device? Or when you use tape? This is a fingerprint! Each print is unique, not even identical twins share the same fingerprints. In this activity we are exploring fingerprints, and with a balloon with ink we'll magnify our prints
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STEAM Connections Power of Prisms with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Power of Prisms

The refraction and reflection of light helps form the color spectrum we see in rainbows. Did you know we don’t have to wait until after it rains to see a rainbow?
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STEAM Connections Engineer Your Own Castle with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Engineer Your Own Castle

Design a castle using paper, play dough, LEGOs, or draw your own to explore medieval architecture!
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STEAM Connections Acid Rain with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Acid Rain

Acid rain forms when water vapor combines with sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide in the atmosphere to create sulfuric and nitric acids, and then falls down as precipitation - like rain, sleet and snow. Learn about acid rain as we simulate and observe the effects that acid rain has on organic and human-made materials
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STEAM Connections Do Owls Poop with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Do Owls Poop?

Things like bones, fur, teeth and feathers cannot be digested by owls, and these indigestible bits are compressed into a pellet, which is regurgitated before their next meal. We can learn a lot about owls by dissecting their pellets, like what an owl ate for their last meal
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STEAM Connections - How Lungs Work with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: How Lungs Work

As we breathe in – and out – our respiratory system is hard at work with help from the lungs. Breathe in very deeply. You will feel your chest getting slightly bigger. Now breathe out the air, and feel your chest opening up again. This activity will help you understand what is going on inside your body as you breathe in or inhale oxygen and exhale, or breathe out, carbon dioxide
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STEAM Connections - Math in Nature with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Math in Nature

About 800 years ago, an Italian mathematician named Leonardo of Pisa, also known as Fibonacci, wrote a paper based on an interesting observation. He noticed that the same numbers keep popping up in nature, and the numbers formed a calculable sequence. In this activity, you'll learn about the Fibonacci Sequence and how this sometimes result in visually appealing spirals and compositions 
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STEAM Connections - Levers with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Levers

Simple machines are mechanical devices that help us do more work with less effort. There are six different types of simple machines. Use our knowledge of levers to engineer a puppet whose arms and legs move when you tug on a string 
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STEAM Connections - Beaks at the Bird Buffet with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Beaks at the Bird Buffet

A bird’s beak is a bony elongation of its skull that is covered in keratin, the same material that makes up your hair and fingernails. Birds use their beaks as tools: to gather food, groom their feathers, defend themselves, and build their nests
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STEAM Connections Crystal Creations with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Crystal Creations

The process of crystals forming is called crystallization. Crystallization occurs in nature when liquid cools and starts to harden, like magma cooling into a mineral quartz crystal, or when water evaporates from a mixture – this is where sea salt comes from. In this activity, we are going to show you how we can use common materials to grow our own crystals!
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STEAM Connections Pulleys with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Pulleys

A variation on the wheel and axle system, a pulley is a type of simple machine that has helped humans build large structures for thousands of years. Pulleys you see everyday include the ropes used to raise and lower flags on flagpoles and the cords used on blinds in many windows
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STEAM Connections Surface Tension with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Surface Tension

Have you ever seen water striders or other types of bugs that seem to glide across the surface of water without ever sinking? This is an example of surface tension!
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STEAM Connections Water Filtration with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Water Filtration

Engineer your own water filtration system to create clean water
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STEAM Connections Water Cycle with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Water Cycle

Explore the stages of the water cycle at home
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STEAM Connections Rolling in Paint with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Rolling in Paint

Get the ball rolling with hands-on painting! Join us in using balls of all shapes, sizes, and textures to create a unique masterpiece!
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STEAM Connections Build a Cooler with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Build a Cooler

Build your own cooler! Learn how coolers keep things cold as you experiment with ice cubes
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STEAM Connections Catapults with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Catapults

Ready, set, launch! Build your own simple machine to explore physics!
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STEAM Connections Balloon Rockets with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Balloon Rockets


Will it sink? Will it float? Build a boat to explore buoyancy, displacement, and physics!
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STEAM Connections Camouflage with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Camouflage

Create your own camouflage to learn about animal adaptations in their environment
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STEAM Connections Build a Boat with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Build a Boat

Will it sink? Will it float? Build a boat to explore buoyancy, displacement, and physics!
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STEAM Connections Simple Machines Seesaw with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Simple Machines - Seesaw

Create a simple machine to test weight and effort with items you find around the house
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STEAM Connections Painting with Ice with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Painting with Ice

Freeze your own painting brush & then paint with ice!
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STEAM Connections Zip Lines with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Zip Lines

Make a zip line structure to transport items between two locations
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STEAM Connections Balloon Inflation with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Chemical Reaction - Balloon Inflation


Inflate a balloon using a chemical reaction
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STEAM Connections Discovering Density with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Discovering Density


Explore density with colorful layers
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STEAM Connections Constellation Creation with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Constellation Creation


Create your own constellation projection to explore astronomy and light
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STEAM Connections Make Your Own Watercolors with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Make Your Own Watercolors

Make your own watercolor paints with items from your kitchen
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STEAM Connections Water Park Engineering with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Water Park Engineering


Learn how to engineer your own "water park" using household items
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STEAM Connections Lego Coding Maze with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: LEGO Coding Maze


Learn the basics of coding using LEGOs or other blocks
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STEAM Connections Oil Spills with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Oil Spills


Simulate an oil spill disaster and explore environmental science
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STEAM Connections on YouTube - Barometer

STEAM Connections: Barometer


A barometer is used for measuring air pressure. It is a useful tool for helping predict weather changes. You can be a meteorologist and make our own barometer with supplies you have at home
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STEAM Connections on YouTube - Fizzy Art

STEAM Connections: Fizzy Art


See what happens when you combine baking soda and vinegar. Learn how art and science projects are engaging activities for the whole family
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STEAM Connections Tornado in a Jar with Plano Public Library

STEAM Connections: Tornado in a Jar


This experiment demonstrates how air that swirls in a circular pattern can create a funnel and pick stuff up off the ground
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