STEM Kits

Our kits are designed to provide hands-on interaction and creative learning with STEM concepts while complementing Anchorage School District's science curriculum standards. 

Each kit focuses on a theme and contains:

  • an explorative, hands-on item
  • a discovery sheet for recording what you learned, observed, and designed
  • non-fiction books

Kits will be available for check out on January 12, 2019! Kits circulate for three weeks and are eligible for renewals as item demand allows. Items can be picked up from the Youth Services desk at the Z. J. Loussac Library or placed on hold for pick-up at any APL location. Please keep in mind, kits must be returned to a desk inside an APL location. One kit per family please.

Printable brochure of the kits

Sponsor a kit! The initial round of kits was sponsored by a grant from the Space Science Institute and the National Science Foundation. If you are an organization, company, or individual who would be interested in sponsoring a kit, they range in cost from $100-$250. Please contact Elizabeth Nicolai (NicolaiEL@muni.org or 907-343-2840) for more information.

Theme Suggested
Age
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Alaska Birds & Animals 5 to 12

Binoculars, field guides to birds  and animals, observation journal

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Alaska Plants & Bugs 5 to 12

Magnifying glass, pocket microscope, field guides to insects and plants

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Anatomy 6 to 12

A human body model for you to “dissect”, a stethoscope, books on anatomy

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Astronomy Binoculars

6 to 12

Binoculars especially for night sky viewing, a star finder, and astronomy books

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Astronomy Telescope

6 to 12

Portable telescope, star finder, astronomy books, all in backpack ready to go!

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Bridges

8 to 12

K’nex bridge building kit and books on bridges

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Catapults

8 to 12

Learn some Medieval engineering and build catapults and crossbows.

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Circuits 1

8 to 12

Snap circuits set and instructions to build several projects; electricity books

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Circuits 2

8 to 12

Squishy circuits set (clay instead of wires for circuits), hand generator, electricity books

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Coding 1

4 to 7

Robot mouse you program to solve a maze with card prompts,  coding picture books

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Coding 2

5 to 10

Botley robot you program with cards and a remote, beginning coding books

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Coding 3

8 to 12

Ozobot robots you code by drawing on paper; coding books

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Dino Robot

8 to 12

Build seven different dinosaur model robots that can walk and move!

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NEW KIT coming soon

Electricity & Magnetism

8 to 12

Using snap together parts, conduct experiments with electricity and magnets.

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Gears

4 to 9

Create, arrange, and explore the motion of gears with these builders.

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Gecko Robot

8 to 12

Build a wall-climbing robot and other projects with a battery motor and air suction system to learn physics and engineering concepts.

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NEW KIT coming soon

GPS & Maps

8 to 12

GPS unit and books on maps and geocaching

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Light Waves

6 to 9

Prisms and a light source; books on how light works

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Math Games

8 to 12

Prime Climb game that uses math to advance pieces, math challenge book

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Measurement

4 to 10

Scales, beakers, measuring tape, and more to learn about different systems of measurements with books and challenges on measrurement

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Probability

6 to 12

Dice, spinners, cards, a variety challenges to learn about probability; math books

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Robotic Arms

8 to 12

Learn how robotic arms work by building six different models that use a pneumatic system.

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Simple Machines: Gears

8 to 12

K’nex building kit on gears, books on engineering

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Simple Machines: Levers & Pulleys

8 to 12

K’nex building kit on levers and pulleys, books on those types of simple machines

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Simple Machines: Wheels, Axles, and Inclined Planes

8 to 12

K’nex building kit & books on wheels, axles, and inclined planes

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Snow Science

5 to 12

Experiments to learn about the states of matter & snow crystals. (Need a freezer at home, snow on the ground recommended but not required.)

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Solar Energy

8 to 12

K’nex building kit & solar panel to create solar powered machines; solar energy book

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Straw Building

4 to 12

Straws and connectors allow you to build structures, models, and more.

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Structures

5 to 12

Engineer a variety of structures with KEVA planks and cardboard pieces.

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NEW KIT coming soon

Wind & Water Energy

8 to 12

K’nex building kit to create wind and water powered machines; renewable energy book

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