STEAM: T is for Technology

04 Apr STEAM: T is for Technology

This is the second post in a series on STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. These blog posts explain some of the unique ways that the La Porte County Public Library helps you learn all about STEAM one letter at a time. This post unpacks Technology.

Technology education is a major focus of the library because as Carl Sagan said in 1990, “We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”

Do you know how your phone works? Or what’s happening under the interface of a website? If you’d like to learn more about technology, the library has resources for you.  

Here are some great materials available for inventors:

  • The La Porte County Library has STEAM Kits that patrons can check out for six weeks. The STEAM kit: Sphero SPRK, along with the Sphero EDU app, contains lessons in coding at three levels: Draw, Blocks, and Text. Young learners will form the basic concepts of coding through Draw, which allows them to draw out a path for the robot to follow. Block coding is the next step up and allows intermediate level students drag and drop instructions to build significantly more advanced code. Advanced learns can use the Sphero EDU app or the Swift Playground to practice writing codes for Sphero. Use Sphero to learn to code and you’ll be building the code to Pong in no time.
  • Curriculum Kit Sphero SPRK provides teachers and school librarians 12 Sphero Robots that can be programmed from tablets and computers with Bluetooth 4.0 compatibility.
  • Gale Courses includes courses in learning programming languages like JavaScript, Swift, C++, and XML. These six weeks classes are provided at no cost to you through the library. When you complete one of these instructor-led courses, you receive a certificate to add to your resume.
  • Hands-on learners can learn at classes and events at all library locations. Spark Labs is an opportunity for people of all ages get together and informally learn STEAM. Join us for a class on Technology and learn skills like robotics, coding, troubleshooting, and how to use some great machines in the Makerspace.

If you have questions about how the library can be a place of technological inquiry, or about the library in general, visit any of our seven locations or call (219) 362-6156 to speak with a librarian.