S.T.E.A.M. Kits

S.T.E.A.M. Kits

Science. Technology. Engineering. Arts. Mathematics.

The Gibsons & District Public Library is proud to lend out STEAM kits. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. From the low to high tech these kits support STEAM literacy for children aged 3 and up. Search the catalogue for ‘STEAM kits’ to get a complete list of our offerings. All kits are available for a two week loan, no renewals, one kit only per card. Place a hold on any of our STEAM Kits by clicking on the titles or photos below.


Bat Boxes


Learn more about bats in your area with the Bat Box!  Attach the echo meter bat detector to your smart device and you’re ready to locate, record, and identify bats in the wild! Report your findings or join the BC Annual Bat Count at www.bcbats.ca. Find the Bat Box for Android and its user guide here. Find the Bat Box for iOS and its user guide here.

Recommended age 6+






Cubelets 12 STEAM Kit

A larger version of our popular Cubelets kit now with 12 sensing, thinking, acting cubes to build bigger robots.

Recommended age 4+








Videography STEAM Kit

Start your own YouTube channel or elevate your home movies! This kit includes a tripod, adjustable phone holder, LED photography light, microphone, and audio cables to connect to your computer, phone, or camera.

Recommended age 5+







Arduino Explore IoT STEAM Kit

Explore the fundamental concepts of the Internet of Things with this kit from Arduino. Learn how devices and online tools communicate with each other by using real-world sensors to capture data from the environment. The kit is designed for advanced 16+ students familiar with basic programming concepts. You must have a computer and Wi-Fi connection to use the kit.

Recommended age 16+







Fairy Tale Problem Solving: Goldilocks & the Three Bears STEAM Kit

 This kit uses a favourite fairy tale – Goldilocks and the Three Bears – to get kids curious about STEAM! By experimenting with size, weight, and balance children learn to build a chair that even Goldilocks can’t break.

Recommended age 3+








Fairy Tale Problem Solving: Three Billy Goats Gruff STEAM Kit

Can you build a bridge that is strong enough for all three billy goats to cross at once and tall enough to stay above the troll? Introduce STEAM skills to children as young as 3 with the classic fairy tale The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Children will learn about cause and effect, weight, and balance as they build a study structure.

Recommended age 3+






Fairy Tale Problem Solving: The Three Little Pigs STEAM Kit

Can you build a house that’s strong enough to defeat the big bad wolf? Introduce STEAM skills to children as young as 3 with the classic fairy tale The Three Little Pigs. Children will learn about engineering, gravity, and force as they build a house for the three little pigs.

Recommended age 3+







Osmo Coding STEAM Kit

The Osmo Coding STEAM Kit comes with the Osmo base and red reflector, an iPad mini with all the Osmo Coding apps, and 31 colourful coding blocks in a case. The kit builds coding skills with 3 hands-on learning games for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced learner. Kids play a fun game on the screen but move their characters using the physical coding blocks. A great way to learn about block coding.

Recommended age 5-10







Dash STEAM Kit

The Dash STEAM Kit comes with a Dash robot, xylophone, mallet, Lego block connectors, challenge cards, and an iPad Mini with all the Dash apps. Dash is a cute responsive robot that speaks, lights up, and navigates objects. Use the free apps to code new behaviours in Dash or teach him to play a song!

Recommended age 6+








Sphero Bolt STEAM Kit

Sphero Bolt is an app-enabled robotic ball that you can drive and code, providing endless opportunities to be creative and have fun while learning. Sphero’s LED matrix means you can create unique images and coloured effects. The iPad mini comes pre-loaded with all the Sphero Bolt apps.

Recommended age 8+








Cubelets STEAM Kit

You don’t need to know how to code or wire to construct robots with Cubelets. Snap the blocks together and the magnetic faces do the rest. Every unique arrangement is a new robot with new behaviors. Brick adapters snap on to Cubelets allowing you to further modify your robots with Lego. For more Cubelets activities check https://www.modrobotics.com/

Recommended age 4+







Telescope STEAM Kit

Learn more about the natural world as you explore the night skies. This kit includes a tabletop dobsonian telescope and a stargazing guidebook. The telescope is portable and light weight (14 lbs) but comes in a large bin. When you check this telescope out be prepared to take home a large storage bin.

Recommended age 8+








Anatomical Model STEAM Kit

Learn about human anatomy with an anatomical model. There are 14 body parts that need to go back into the human torso. Can you fit them back together? Once you learn where the organs go you can figure out what they with My Amazing Body Machine, a colorful visual guide to your body.

Recommended age 5+







Magna-Tiles STEAM Kit

Magna-Tiles are magnetic building blocks that fuse math, science, and creativity in unstructured play. The colourful tiles come in a variety of shapes and click together using magnets. Build 3D structures or flat images. For more inspiration visit www.magnatiles.com.

Recommended age 4+








Makey Makey STEAM Kit

Makey Makey is designed to connect everyday objects to computer keys. Using a circuit board, alligator clips, and a USB cord, the Makey Makey uses closed loop electrical signals to send a computer a keyboard stroke or mouse click signal. Requires a Windows, Mac, or Chromebook computer.

Recommended age 8+








Life Cycles STEAM Kit

Learn about the life cycle of plants and animals in your neighbourhood. Includes a picture book and figurines of frog, plant, and butterfly life cycles.

Recommended age 3+








Cardboard VR STEAM Kit

Experience virtual reality on your phone! Using the Google Cardboard app and a cardboard headset you can experience a new reality. Smart phone required for use.

Recommended age 7+









Code & Go Robot Mouse STEAM Kit

The Code & Go Robot Mouse is a fun tool to introducing coding to kids. Build a maze using your imagination or the activity cards and then program the robot mouse through the maze to the cheese. The kit includes maze grids, tunnels, and walls so no one maze is the same!

Recommended age 5+







Cubetto STEAM Kit 

Cubetto is the friendly wooden robot that teaches the youngest kids the basics of computer programming without any screens. Cubetto comes with a world map and an adventure titled Cubetto’s First Day. Place coloured blocks into the interface board to direct Cubetto’s movements and functions as he travels across the map.

Recommended age 3+






Keva Planks STEAM Kit

Let your imagination run wild with Keva planks! Build simple or complex structures with these smooth wooden blocks. Learning the fundamentals of engineering has never been so fun! For ideas and inspiration check out the Keva projects page at kevaplanks.com

Recommended age 4+





Ozobot STEAM Kit

The Ozobot Bit is a little robot that makes coding fun and accessible for kids. The robot responds to colours and marked pathways that determine its movement and functions. Use the black marker in the kit to create a path for the Bit, and the coloured markers to create codes. Keep the activity screen-free by using the markers or download the app for new games.

Recommended age 5+






Snap Circuits STEAM Kit

Snap circuits teaches kids basic engineering, electronics, and circuitry concepts using snap-together electronic components. Each component has the schematic symbol and a label printed on its plastic case that is color coded for easy identification. The kit comes with 100 different circuit models to build.

Recommended age 8+







Sphero Specdrums STEAM Kit

Specdrums are app-connected rings that let you create music with colour. Download the Specdrums Mix app and use the rainbow play pad or tap any colour to create sounds, loops, and beats. You’ll find over 40 sound sets in the app library allowing you to choose sounds from percussion to hip hop, rainforest to future bass.

Recommended age 6+







Steel Drum STEAM Kit

This is the Seed drum from the Sunshine Coast’s very own Kindred Spirit Steel Drums. Use the mallets or your hands to explore the beautiful tones of the drum.

Recommended age 0+









Ukulele STEAM Kit

We’ve got everything you need to learn to play the ukulele in this kit: a ukulele, a beginner’s manual, and a tuner.

Recommended age 5+








Binoculars STEAM Kit

Get outside and explore the Sunshine Coast with binoculars. Use the included birding book to identify birds in local forests, take advantage of the dark skies and discover a new constellation, or take these to the beach and go whale watching.

Recommended age 5+