STEAM Machine Photo courtesy of Howard County Library Systems

The Howard County Library System (HCLS) revealed a new mobile classroom at the East Columbia library branch on Saturday, August 6. 

The new education resource, nicknamed the ‘STEAM Machine’ will create an interactive learning experience, making science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics available to students in grades K through 12, “especially those from disconnected communities.”

“This will bring interactive learning and real-world problem solving to so many of our young residents who might not otherwise have access to our libraries,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, in a message on his Facebook page.

The ‘STEAM Machine’ comfortably seats 12 students in a climate-controlled bus featuring “Wi-Fi, laptops, two 49” LED TVs, a sound system, and video production equipment.”

The bus also includes a “55” LCD monitor and awning that will permit outdoor activities and classes. Classes aim to encourage students to “become scientists investigating real-world phenomena and engineers designing solutions to real-world problems,” as stated by the HCLS. 

President & CEO of HCLS, Tonya Aikens said in a statement, “Howard County Library System is coordinating with community partners to schedule STEAM Machine classes across the county. Our goal is to bring opportunities for hands-on STEAM education to students from under-resourced communities and families who, for an array of reasons, are often unable to come to our branches.”

The ‘STEAM Machine’ was federally funded by the American Rescue Plan Act Grant, through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Maryland State Library Agency.

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