Regional Resource Kits - Lego Creativity Kit

Regional Resource Kits - Lego Creativity Kit

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Description: 
Wapiti Regional Library developed a set of programming kits which are loanable by the region's branch libraries. These kits give branch librarians quick & easy programming options. The Lego Creativity Kit is designed for use with kids and teens age 5+, and comes with supplies, instructions and examples of projects and activities for branch librarians to choose from. The goal is to encourage students to use their creativity, as well as develop STEAM skills such as coding and mathematics. Branch librarians within the region made use of the kit during the summer of 2017, with the assistance of the region's summer Programming Assistant. The kit is now in circulation and available for any branch to request.
Length of program session: 
30-60 minutes
Audience
Primary Audience: 
Primary (Gr. K-3 or aged 5-8)
Intermediate (Gr. 4-7 or aged 9-12)
Middle School/Junior Secondary (Gr. 8-10 or aged 13-16)
Senior Secondary (Gr. 11-12 or aged 17-18)
Resources
Resources required (materials/supplies; food/refreshments, etc.): 
Kit manual - includes intro, supply list, feedback forms, and example programs including the maze challenge, boat challenge, catapult challenge, and balloon powered car challenge. The LEGO Ideas Book by D. Lipkowitz, 2 Classic Brick Boxes, 3 supplemental mini kits, 2 extra kits of wheels, 20 Lego people figures, Supply Kit (including rope, timers, dice, pennies, balloons, weights, paperclips, scissors, tape), black plastic organizer, wood checker board.
Funding (grants/foundations/corporations): 
Funded by the SK PLLO STEAM grant funds
Evaluation
What were the goals/objectives of your program?: 
Goals of the project included creating a set of kits at the Regional Office which are available for branch libraries use, and creating more standardized programming around the region. The kits themselves are meant to encourage young patrons to develop STEAM and literacy skills. With the help of this kit, we hope to bridge the gap between critical thinking and creativity. Give it a try with children, teens or adults in your community!
Feedback from Participants: 
"Wonderful! All the kids had a great time" - Melfort Public Library
Highlights - what worked well?: 
Children were engaged & enthusiastic at all sessions.
What would you change about this program?: 
Add more teen appropriate plans to the kit.
Copies of program publicity (newspaper articles, letters of appreciation, participant feedback, etc.):