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A STEAM Kit is a take-home set of something to play with that fits in one of five categories: science, technology, engineering, arts, or math.

One STEAM Kit per patron library card at a time can be checked out for 7 days and are not renewable.  The kit must be returned to the NPL Circulation Desk only.  Due to the valuable and breakable components of the kits, If the kit is returned to another library, through the lobby slots, or through the Manual or Automatic Drop Boxes, a $10.00 fine will be assessed.


Kit #1: COLOR

This kit shows us the properties of different colors and how mixing primary colors will result in secondary colors. The kit includes three Color Discovery Tubes and a book called Experiments with Light and Color.

Replacement Cost: $100

Color Discovery Tubes   Color Discovery Tubes

Experiments with Light and Color


Sharpen your drawing skills with this set. Included are two learn to draw books- Art for Kids: Drawing by Kathryn Temple and Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals by Ed Emberley. There is also an art history book, The School of Art by Teal Riggs. A pencil set is also included to get you started.

Replacement cost: $75.00

Drawing Books


Explore the classic Spirograph with this set. Use the interlocking gears and wheels to make intricate, spiraling, and elegant designs.

Replacement Cost: $25.00

Spirograph   Spirograph


Learn the art of paper folding with this kit. Two books are included- Easy Origami and Cool Flexagon Art. A container with origami paper is provided to get you started.

Replacement Cost: $50.00

Paper Folding


This kit will let you explore fossils. There are nine fossils to examine with a magnifying glass. Also included are four books to help you learn about fossil identification, dig sites, and living fossils.

Replacement Cost: $100.00



With this kit, we’ll travel millennia back in time to visit some of the largest creatures to ever walk the earth: dinosaurs! This kit includes 1 T-Rex Skull (4 parts), a DVD and 3 books all featuring these giants from the past.

Replacement Cost: $125

Dinosaur!   Little Kids FIrst BIG Book of Dinosaurs   The Ultimate Dino-Pedia

The Amazing World of Dinosaurs   Dinosaur 3d Model


With this kit you will be able to inspect 10 creepy crawly insects up close!  This kit contains 10 encased specimens and magnifying glass, a DK Book with CD on Insects, National Geographic’s Ultimate Bugopedia and the Fascinating World of Insects DVD.

Replacement Cost: $100

10 Real Insects

The Ultimate Bug-Opedia   The Fasinating World of Insects   Insect DVD

Kit #8: FORCES

With this kit you will learn about the science behind force and motion through experiments with inclined planes, fixed and movable pulleys and more. This kit contains the Force and Motion Physical Science Lab set from Lakeshore Learning and an Experiments in Forces and Motion book.

Replacement Cost: $50

Forces and Motion

Force & Motion Kit


Use this kit to attract or repel objects using magnets. Learn about the invisible force of magnetism, floating rings and electromagnetic fields with magnets, a compass, and iron fillings. This kit contains the Thames & Kosmos Magnetic Science set and the book Science Experiments with Magnets.

Replacement Cost: $75

Magnetic Science

Magnetic Science Kit   Magenets

Kit #10: LIQUID

Learn all about viscosity and gravity, how things sink and float, currents and separation with four liquid filled tubes. This kit contains a book and a set of four Liquid Discovery Tubes by Lakeshore Learning.

Replacement Cost: $100

Lakeshore Liquid Discovery Tubes

Liquid Discovery Tubes   Liquids Book


This kit is out of this world—watch the planets orbit our Sun!  It contains a motorized Solar System and Planetarium, a National Geographic Planets DVD, a National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space and an Out of this World Planets book.

Replacement Cost: $100

Motorized Solar System and Planetarium   The Planets DVD

Little Kids First BIG Book of Space   Ouy of This World Planets


See the universe from the comfort of your own home with a Planetarium projector with multiple viewing slides of planets, nebulae, moons, asteroids, and other celestial bodies. This kit contains a Smithsonian Optics Room Planetarium and Dual Projector and the book A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky.

Replacement Cost: $75

Planetarium Projector

The Night Sky Book


Explore the night sky with this tabletop telescope. Use the two books, 50 Things to See with a Telescope by John A. Read and Night Sky from National Geographic to help you find stars and planets.

Replacement Cost: $100.00 

Telescope   Microscope Lenses

Telescope Books


Magnify cells up to 900 times with this microscope and prepared slides. This kit contains a Smithsonian Microscope, a few prepared slides, some empty slides for new specimens, and specimen-collecting gear along with a box set of 25 prepared slides.

Replacement cost: $75


Microscope Slides   Microscope Slides

Kits #15 and #16: DOT

These kits makes Dot the Wonder Robot come to life using the Wonder and Blockly apps. Tell Dot what to do by programming Dot’s lights, sounds, and sensors using the apps on your Android or Apple phone or tablet. This kit includes Dot the Wonder Robot and a USB charging cable.

Replacement Cost: $75

wonder workshop - dot   wonder workshop - dot
dot logo   dot logo

Kits #17: OZOBOT

Follow these mini robots as they follow a trail filled with code! With these kits you can draw a pattern for the Ozobots to follow or use the pre-designed map. Each kit contains two Ozobots, four bot covers and two USB chargers.

Replacement Cost: $125



Kit #18: ROBOT

Finish assembling this crustacean-shaped robot and watch it scuttle across the table—without falling off the edge! This kit contains a Tabletop Robot and a National Geographic Kids Robot Reader book.

Replacement Cost: $50

Robots book   Table Top Robot


Play with light, sound, sensing and buttons with this 10-piece circuit kit that contains a DC motor, dimmer, light sensor, and more. Work on the 8 projects provided in the manual or build one of the hundreds you can find online! This kit contains the LittleBits 10-Piece Base Kit.

Replacement Cost: $125

little bits Base Kit

little bits base kit


Build a radio, a burglar alarm, a doorbell and more with this 60-piece Snap Circuit set. Transform pieces into over 300 combinations! This kit includes the Snap Circuits SC-300 Electronics Discovery Kit.

Replacement Cost: $75

Electronic Snap Circuits

Electronic Snap Circuits

Kit #21: MAKEY

With this kit, you can replace your mouse and keyboard with a Makey Makey! Hook up this circuit board to your computer and visit their site, draw with paint, or use with Scratch to create any program you can think up. This kit contains a Makey Makey with alligator clips and computer cord as well as Playdoh for connecting circuits.

Replacement Cost: $75



Kits #22 - #24: VR

Turn a smartphone into a virtual reality experience!  With these kits you can use a VR Headset to explore new worlds. Just clip your smartphone into the headset while a VR app (like Google Cardboard) is loaded. This kit contains a Taotronics VR headset, a DK Curiscope and two Virtual Reality books.

Replacement Cost: $75

VR Glasses   Virtual Reality Book

Virtual Reality book   VR Glasses

Kit #25: CODING

Learn all about Scratch Coding with this kit!  It includes information about bugs, fixes and online safety. This kit contains four different books and a set of Scratch Coding Flashcards.

Replacement Cost: $75

Scratch Coding Cards   Kids Get Coding - Online Safety for Coders

Kids Get Coding - Coding, Bugs, and Fixes   Kids Get Coding - A World of Programming   Kids Get Coding - Learn to Program