STEAM: E is for Engineering

10 Apr STEAM: E is for Engineering

In the third post in our series on STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math; the focus is on engineering. 

Most of us are engineers in our own right because engineering is the process of solving problems—whether you are organizing a drawer or building the Hoover Dam, you’re an engineer.

Ayah Bdeir, the inventor of littleBits, reflected on one of her favorite engineering learning tools. She said, “LEGO has essentially taken the concrete block, the building block of the world, and made it into the building block of our imagination.” Engineering doesn’t have to be hard. La Porte County Public Library enthusiastically teaches these skills to learners of all ages and has  resources available for you to continue learning beyond our classes.

  • The STEAM Kit: Simple Machines teaches the foundation of pulleys, levers, wheels, and other simple machines through 20 activities.
  • The LittleBits STEAM Kit let’s you explore light, sound, sensing and buttons without wiring, soldering or programming.
  • The Curriculum Kit: LEGO WeDo 2.0. This kit contains 3 Lego WeDo sets; enough for 6 students working in pairs. The Lego WeDo curriculum includes free software and a set of building components.
  • Teachers with older students can check out the Curriculum Kit: Lego Mindstorms EV3. This kit contains 2 Lego Mindstorms EV3 sets, enough for 6 students working in groups of 3.
  • Lego Clubs at Main and Union Mills for elementary students teach engineering skills in a fun environment.

Engineering classes often have limited seating and require registration, so it’s best to stay up-to-date by checking the Calendar of Events on the library’s website.