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In the fast paced, ever-changing world we live in, problem solving skills have become increasingly more important, and it is vital that the children of today are equipped with the tools that will allow them succeed in the world of tomorrow. Solving problems, making sense of information, and understanding how to collect and evaluate evidence to make informed decisions are all types of skills students develop in the science, technology, engineering and math fields, commonly referred to as STEM.

The Neuse Regional Libraries supports this learning by offering weekly STEM Labs at all eight locations. STEM Lab is an afterschool program that introduces students to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through fun, interactive, and engaging experiments. STEM

Lab is geared towards children ages 10-14, however, all ages and families are welcome. All programs are free of charge, and no registration is required.

Participants can work their way through various stations at their own pace including an art table and book display with items available for check out to take home for further learning.

All eight of the Neuse Regional Library STEM Labs have been enhanced with STEM kits and STEM toys purchased through the generous support of the Lenoir County Community Foundation and the Jones County Community Foundation. These grants allowed for the purchase of STEM bins (activity kits accompanied by challenge cards), magnetic building tiles, snap-circuit kits, and a variety of building and engineering sets. STEM Labs are offered weekly with the following schedule:

Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library

Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.

La Grange Public Library

Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.

Pink Hill Public Library

Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.

Greene County Public Library

Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.

Comfort Public Library

Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.

Maysville Public Library

Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.

Pollocksville Public Library

Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.

Trenton Public Library

Mondays at 4:00 p.m.

We have seen firsthand how well participants respond to STEM programming and how it helps them become immersed in learning and problem-solving. “It’s interesting to work together and create something,” says STEM enthusiast Anne Cunningham, 16. “STEM Lab is engaging and enjoyable.” To date, participants have enjoyed making snow storms in a jar, 3D snowflakes, geometric hearts, rubber band helicopters, and solar bugs, just to name a few projects.

The Neuse Regional Library System strives to ensure our youngest patrons, the future leaders of tomorrow, have access to quality learning environments equipped with the latest technology. For more information about STEM Labs, please contact the Youth Services Department at 252-527-7066.

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