Local orgs help STEM programs take root at Priest Lake Library

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(Courtesy photo) Youth jumped into STEM at a recent Zipline Legos Program at the Priest Lake Public Library.

PRIEST LAKE — The Priest Lake Public Library recently received a $500 grant from the Priest Lake Kaniksu Lions Club for Youth STEM programs and materials. The youth of Priest Lake have enjoyed participating in the library’s STEM programs over the past year. Thanks to this generous grant from the Priest Lake Kaniksu Lion Club, the library looks forward to taking those programs up a notch by purchasing much needed materials.

The library was also a recipient of $2,600 grant from Idaho STEM Action Center to purchase a 3D printer for youth and adult programs and for the public’s use. The 3D printer is at the library with samples of printed items for the public to see. The public has been very interested in its capabilities and look forward to upcoming training.

The Priest Lake Kaniksu Lions Grant has also made it possible to add three more youth STEM backpacks available for checkout with the themes; dinosaurs (already receiving rave reviews), construction and plants.

The library would like to extend our thanks to the Priest Lake Kaniksu Lions Club and Idaho STEM Action Center for making the upcoming STEM programs possible. Both organization’s names will be placed on the library’s “Honored Organizations” plaque in the meeting room.

STEM programs will be ongoing at the library.

No registration is required for these upcoming scheduled youth programs.

Saturday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m., Youth Makercamp Program on Engineering challenges using clothespins and popsicle sticks. Recommended for ages 5 through 12. The participants can take their designs home.

Saturday, March 10 at 10 a.m., Youth Light-Up Legos Program. We encourage the youth to come check-out our new Light-Up Legos and make their own Light-Up Legos design. Recommended for ages 5 through 12.

Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m., Youth 3D Printer Design and Create Program. Youth will work together with the librarians to design an item using software and watch their design being built by the 3D printer. Recommended for ages 5 through 12.

Upcoming scheduled adult programs. No registration is required.

Saturday, March 17 at 10 a.m., Adult Hand-Held Device Program. Open forum class with a specialist in hand-held Mac and PC based devices. Have you ever had a question on how to do something on your smart phone that nobody could help you with? Here is your chance to receive one-on-one assistance with your questions. Lunch will be provided.

Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m., Adult 3D Printer Design and Create Program. Adults will be given an overview of the capabilities of the 3D Printer and associated design software. An item will be designed by the participants and printed.

Please visit www.priestlake.lili.org, go to www.facebook.com/plplibrary, or call 208-443-2454 for more information.

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