Library partners with Oh Wow! for STEM program

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Many kids spent the day Monday at the main branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County getting their feet wet with a new program focusing on STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

The STEM Learning Experience gives parents the chance to check out more than just books for their children. Instead, they can check out an entire kit, chock full of science experiments.

Those experiments were on display Monday at the main branch on Wick Avenue. The library is partnering with the Oh Wow! Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science in Technology in downtown Youngstown.

When a family takes home the experiment kit, they also get four free passes to Oh Wow! for that week.

“Lots of brainstorming. Lots of discussions about how we can help the museum be more accessible to people who might not otherwise be able to pay that $8 admission price,” said Oh Wow! Executive Director and President Suzanne Barbati.

“For some families, a day at Oh Wow! can be very expensive, so this was another way for us to leverage our resources to help them be able to have that experience,” said Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County Director Heidi Daniel.

The new program is aimed at helping parents make sure their kids don’t fall behind academically this summer by keeping them involved in science.

“Asking them questions is the most basic fundamental thing parents can do with their kids. And grandparents can do with their grandchidlren. And neighbors can do with their neighbor kids. This is something we can all do pretty easily and give your children time to answer a question,” Barbati said.

The kits can be checked out for a seven-day period.

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