The library has recently acquired a series of science kits that will be available for checkout this fall. The kits were developed through a grant from the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) of Chicago to generate enthusiasm for science and interest in the engineering professions. The Morris Public Library is one of 26 Midwest public libraries to receive the grant. They’re to be used in a classroom setting by teachers or home school families in the community. The kits we have available are:

Early Structures

Description from Lego Education:
Using Legos, students learn basic structures concepts such as balance within structures, ways of building structures, and stability. It’s ideal for developing design and problem solving skills and is intended for use by teams of 2 or 3 children. Includes teacher notes with support for 16 activities, 14 investigation and problem solving cards, and an inventory list.
Ages 5+

Early Simple Machines

Description from Lego Education:
Young students build fun and simple models like a seesaw, rolling vehicle, spinning top, raft, and many more. By playing with and manipulating the models, they experience pulleys, levers, gears, and wheels and axles. The set is designed for use by teams of 2 or 3 children. It includes full-color activity cards with pictorial instructions for eight models; a plastic punch-out sheet with eyes, sails, scales, and wings.
Ages 5+

Straw Rocket Launcher

Description from Lego Education
Students can build their own straw rockets and test them on the Straw Rocket Launcher. The launcher uses pneumatic force created by releasing a weighted drop rod in the cylinder to launch rockets. The force of the launch can be controlled by varying the release height of the rod. Recommended for use in a large, open indoor area, such as a gymnasium.
Grades K+

Electronic Projects Lab

Description from Discover This
Children will learn how to identify and use electronic parts, and how to read the all- important schematics and wiring diagrams as they work through the 75-IN-ONE Electronic Project Lab. They’ll learn all about electricity and electronics, from basic principles to even physics and magnetism. The manual’s illustrated projects are each written in easy-to-follow lab style.
Ages 10+

Snap Circuits

Description from Discover This

Snap Circuits Jr. 
Using only their hands as “tools”, children will follow the simple color-coded instruction to snap together more than 100 projects; there are no messy wires or soldering involved. On the underside of each piece, and spaced across the durable plastic base, are nubs that match up to the snaps on the bottom of each piece for a quick secure fit.
Ages 8+

Green Alternative Energy Kit
This kit features some of the latest innovations in alternative energy, put to use in working electronic projects children can make using safe, easy-building Snap Circuits. Children will create projects using a hand-crank dynamo, solar panel, and wind turbine. Parts work with other Snap Circuit sets.
Ages 8+

Energy Lab

Description from Discover This
This lab is designed to make children aware of the importance of energy conservation. The kit’s comprehensive book deals with renewable sources of energy such as wind, solar, tidal, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biomass – all of which are friendly alternative sources of energy, replacing non-renewable energy such as coal, oil, and natural gas.
Ages 8+

Van de Graaff Generator

Description from Ramsey Electronics
Create your own lightning with these time-tested devices that have delighted students for decades! You can draw out the static charge in a burst of lightning, sparks, or you can even set each hair on your head on end! Our comprehensive instruction book tells you how to raise hair, produce lightning and electric wind, experiment with St. Elmo’s fire or electrostatic attraction and repulsion.


The science kits will be available for check out beginning  with the 2012/2013 school year. Contact the library for more information.




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