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Full STEAM ahead for Spring Break 2016

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Kent County, MI — Geared towards all the Spring Break stay-cationers, Kent District Library’s KDL LAB Experience Maker Break at the Wyoming Branch takes the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) curriculum out of the classroom and into children’s hands in a creative and collaborative way.  

Monday, April 4 through Thursday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the GRCC Manufacturing Trailer will be at the branch with a 3D printer, virtual welder and much more to explore. Drop in anytime Monday and explore 11 different STEAM-based activities including Snap Circuits, littleBits electronics, Robot Rumble as well as demonstrations from local robotics groups. Thursday, KDL is partnering with Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities and will have Spanish-speaking staff on hand manning the activities. 

“With KDL LAB Experience, we are striving to offer the next step in a spectrum of services that promotes inventiveness, collaboration and unstructured time to explore. It is important to be able to provide our patrons exposure to new technologies and offer it to students whose schools may not have access to some of these resources. We are selecting tools and activities to increase proficiency in STEAM while in a fun learning environment,” said KDL LAB Experience co-creator Craig Buno. 

With student-driven programs based on each component of STEAM, KDL LAB Experience activities are selected to align with school’s curricula and funded by private donations. Supplementing students’ educations with hands-on project based learning, the KDL LAB Experience offers a unique opportunity to give students an outlet to relate what they learn in school to a KDL LAB project and see firsthand how the concepts are applied in real life and why it matters.
 
Kent District Library is a public library system operating 18 branch libraries. KDL serves nearly 400,000 residents of 27 governmental units, comprising most of Kent County, Michigan. KDL is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by millage dollars and private donations. For more information, please contact Communications Manager Heidi Nagel at hnagel@kdl.org.