Making Friends and Buying Robots: How to Leverage Collaborations and Collections to Support STEM Learning
American Library Association
In a climate of increased interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), school libraries have unique opportunities to grow collections and cultivate partnerships in the sciences. At the federal level and in many states, STEM initiatives encourage hands-on exposure to technologies and open the door for student-led discovery of tools related to robotics, coding, programming, and electronics. Influenced by local STEM initiatives, the Learning Resource Center (LRC) at the University of Wyoming Lab School decided to create a circulating collection of STEM kits. (The UW Lab School is a tuition free charter school with a diverse population selected by lottery.) This school library also partnered with Lab School teachers to explore these STEM collections and to develop programming and a curriculum to teach digital literacies and STEM skills to students in kindergarten through ninth grade.
Kvenild, C., Smith, S. M., Shepherd, C. E., & Thielk, E. G. (2017). Making Friends and Buying Robots: How to Leverage Collaborations and Collections to Support STEM Learning. Knowledge Quest.