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Curriculum Kits

Educators and parents may borrow curriculum kits for a six week loan period so that students can use the materials as part of a unit of study. Some kits contain up to 30 books, audio, and videos based on popular study topics. The STEAM curriculum kits include hands on robotics and computer science equipment. Kits are geared for either primary, intermediate, or secondary grades.

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Library School Visits

Our librarian educators are available for school visits from September through May. Please request all visits at least three weeks in advance. A classroom teacher must be present for classroom management. To maintain the best learning environment, visits are intended for a single classroom group unless otherwise requested. Be sure to let us know if classes need to be adapted for any special needs, i.e. hearing impaired or special education classes. You can schedule up to four visits per school year. To schedule a classroom visit, please fill out the form below.

New for the 2020-21 school year is Mobile Classroom visits for 7th and 8th grade! Lesson details may be found in the Grade 6-12 block.

 

Library Field Trip

Schedule a field trip with your classroom to any of LPCPL’s library locations for tours or research projects. We can’t wait for your class to visit!

Classroom Visits

LPCPL educators will visit your class and read a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles that support Indiana State Standards in reading foundations, literature, and vocabulary. Teachers can even request a theme.

Bee-Bot, Bee-Bot What Do You See?

Students program Bee-bot using simple navigational terms to find places on a map.

Think Like an Engineer

Working in teams, students will build and code a Lego WeDo 2.0 using the Lego Engineering Design Process.

Treasure Map

Students work in small groups using compasses, maps, and keys to identify features and cardinal directions using Bee-Bot robots.

Moon Pattern Mini-Lab

Students conduct a moon phases investigation using light and a model to represent the Earth, Moon, and Sun.

Life Cycles

Discover how living things change as they grow by investigating the life cycles of butterflies and frog.

Bee-Bot Cardinal Directions

Use cardinal directions to navigate Bee-Bot from one location to another on a grid.

Ozobot Bit

Ozobots are miniature smart robots that can follow lines or roam around freely, detect colors, and can also be programmed. Elementary school students can start programming Ozobots with visual color codes on a tablet using free apps or with markers on a piece of paper.

LittleBits: Synth Kit

Build a synthesizer and experiment with manipulating sound waves. LittleBits are pieces that connect magnetically to teach students about pitch, amplitude, and timbre.

Squishy Circuits

Learn about electricity and how to build basic circuits with dough and LED lights. See how energy can be transformed into light and sound.

Science Behind Superheroes

How does Superman fly? Why can Magneto control metal? Investigate the science behind your favorite heroes and villains.

 
 

Native Americans Of Indiana

Learn about the culture of the Northeast Woodland Indians through Native American stories, songs, games, and artifacts.

Bitsbox Coding

Students learn to program with Javascript by creating fun apps on a virtual tablet. For further skill-building, teachers can check out one of 3 Bitsbox Curriculum Kits to use in the classroom for up to 6 weeks.

Poetry Mini-Workshop

Listen to poetry and identify the basic elements of a good poem. Students will be able to write their own poems using creative brainstorming techniques.

Library Field Trip

Schedule a field trip with your classroom to any of LPCPL’s library locations for tours or research projects. We can’t wait for your class to visit!

Library Field Trip

Schedule a field trip with your classroom to any of LPCPL’s library locations for tours or research projects. We can’t wait for your class to visit!

Booktalks

Students become familiar with a variety of fiction and nonfiction books. Educators booktalk 4-6 books at differing reading levels. These can be tailored for current class topics. 

Mobile Classroom

Coming in the 2020-2021 school year, the La Porte County Public Library is adding a Mobile Classroom! In the first year of service, the mobile lab lessons and experiences will target students in grades 7-8. 

= New Mobile STEAM Lessons in 2020-21 for 7th and 8th Grade 

Digital Microscopes

Students will explore the concept of quality control by creating product standards and inspecting samples using conventional measuring tools and digital microscopes. This lesson is available for 7th graders in September.

 

Dobot Robotic Arm

Students will apply the concepts of quality control, troubleshooting, and safety as well as learn how these concepts can be applied in manufacturing jobs. This lesson is available for 7th graders in November.

Vinyl Cutter

Students will use CAD software and learn automation concepts to design a logo and cut it out using the Stika vinyl cutter and software. This lesson is available for 7th graders in February.

Laser Cutter

Students will modify glider parts using Inkscape, cut their design out using a laser cutter, and test their design in this rapid prototyping activity. This lesson is available for 7th graders in April.

 

Virtual Reality and Dobot Robotic Arm

Students will go on virtual reality tour of the Indiana Subaru plant, then program a Dobot Magician using the suction cup end effector. Students will focus on systems thinking and identifying inputs and outputs. This lesson is available for 8th graders in October.

Coding with Dobot Robotic Arm

Students will use a block-based programming language to program their Dobot Robotic Arm using variables, loops, and algorithms and get hands-on experience in the fields of computer science and manufacturing. This lesson is available for 8th graders in January.

CNC Milling Machine

Students will learn about subtractive manufacturing and use a Roland milling machine to design and mill out objects. CNC mills enable engineers and designers to produce highly accurate, functional parts quickly and inexpensively. This lesson is available for 8th graders in March.

 

Dobot Robotic Arm and Conveyor Belt

Students will learn how to make production intelligent by applying new knowledge, sensors, and a conveyor belt to create a responsive program that sorts different colored blocks. Students will investigate the importance of quality control in manufacturing environments. This lesson is available for 8th graders in May.

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To connect with our Libraries 360 team please fill out this form. We look forward to answering your questions.

If you would like to schedule a class, please provide the following information:

  • Name of Libraries 360 class you want to schedule
  • School name
  • Grade and number of students
  • Preferred dates and times (three choices please)
  • Your name and contact information
  • Any special considerations or requests

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