Last summer, we wanted to keep up the momentum of our wildly successful summer reading program, but our building remained closed to the public. We had a very enthusiastic response to our in-person maker-type programming, so we planned and delivered a new take-home STEM exploration every week. These included: explorations in flight, floating, paper circuitry, and more! This program is designed to give your take-home offerings a boost. Item lists, explainer text, and all you need to implement a program like this will be presented. Thought we used this as a summer learning engagement, it’s also a model that could be used to a maker program where students are not allowed to share materials due to COVID restrictions.
Abby Adams has been a library director for 9 years and a school librarian for 5 years in small, rural Shoreham, Vermont. She is originally from Virginia and has also worked for the Williamsburg Regional Library (a MUCH larger institution). Her MLIS is from the University of South Carolina, specifically focusing on serving children and young adults through librarianship. When not doing library things, Abby also runs a multi-level Girl Scout troop with a co-leader, provides professional development with a team of teachers for the school district, snowshoes or hikes (depending on the season), and reenacts 18th-century camp life with her husband and almost-8-year-old-daughter.