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New STEM to Read trunks are here!

And available for checkout to your library! STEM Logo

These trunks are created by the Explora! Museum in Albuquerque through a grant from the New Mexico Library Foundation to encourage STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through early literacy. Each trunk is created around a theme and includes 8-10 picture and non-fiction books, lesson plans and materials for hands-on learning activities. While these trunks were designed with early literacy in mind, the activities can easily be adapted for an older audience.

This fall, Explora and the State Library hosted 3 workshops around the state on using the trunks. We began at Explora in Albuquerque then onto the White Rock branch of the Los Alamos County Library System and then made a trip to Thomas Branigan Memorial Library in Los Alamos. We hada lot of fun and even better those that attended were the first to lay eyes on the 3 new trunks (even I hadn’t seen them until the workshops)!

We now have 8 trunks on 8 different topics- we’re working on getting duplicates of some of the most file-1popular topics- available for checkout to public libraries. Your library will keep the trunk for 6-8 weeks and the State Library will coordinate trunk exchanges among the libraries of New Mexico. The trunks we currently have are:

  • Listen Carefully (sounds)
  • Spinning Science (movement/spinning)
  • Measure On (measurements)
  • In the Mirror (reflection & refraction)
  • Water Play (water)
  • Art Bots (robotics and simple circuitry)
  • Patterns Abound (patterns in nature and speech)
  • Architects Delight (building)

For more information about any of the trunks or the program or to schedule a trunk at your library contact Youth Services Consultant, Deanne Dekle at or 505-476-9705.

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