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are comfortable using the device and provides valuable insights into curricular planning for various age levels. “They don’t have to feel so alone when figuring out what works for their needs,” says Alissa Devito, Associate Director of Educational Technology at the Office of Catholic Education (OCE). “Our team maintains communication, so borrowers know that they can reach out to us, even mid-process, if they have any questions or if something goes wrong.” By working with the support team, teachers can even discover different devices that may accomplish similar curricular goals. When the lending library opened, Bishop Shanahan High School teacher Janet Moore was searching for a way to bring the theory behind quadratic equations and parabolas out of the textbook and into the real world. checked out the Sphero Bolt robotics kit, programming each unit with quadratic equations to plot movement on taped-out coordinate planes in the classroom. Students then collected parabolic data points to calculate the original equations used. “The difference between students’ results gave us an opportunity to discuss what influences data and how much it varies,” Moore remembers. “There’s human error in placing the robot in the exact same place each time, the size of the robot versus the size of the units on my coordinate planes, etc. Had I just provided them with graphs drawn on paper, we would not have had the opportunity to discuss these real-world variables.” With support team insight, teachers like Bishop Shanahan High School teacher Janet Moore are discovering how these kits can help them accomplish their curricular goals. Moore WHAT’S IN THE STEM LENDING LIBRARY? HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES. B E GINNERS: INTERMEDIATE: ADVANCED: Kid K’nex Transportation Includes: set of 2 kits Skill: engineering Grades: preK-2 K’nex Education: Intro to Simple Machines Includes: set of 2 kits Skill: engineering Grades: 3-6 Parrot Mambo Drones Includes: set of 6 Skill: engineering Grades: 6-12 Ozobots EVO Includes: set of 12 bots and accessories Skill: coding, robotics Grades: K-6 Green Screen Kit Includes: backdrop, lights, and stands Skill: digital creations Grades: K-12 Sphero Bolt Includes: set of 6 Skill: coding, robotics Grades: 2-8 Google Expeditions Includes: set of 10 viewers Skill: virtual reality Grades: 3-12 CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Ultimate Starter Kit Includes: set of 2 kits Skill: coding Grades: 8-12 Lego Mindstorm EV3 Includes: set of 3 kits Skill: robotics, engineering Grades: 5-8 Arduino Starter Kit Includes: set of 2 kits Skill: coding Grades: 8-12 K’nex Education: Investigating Wind and Water Energy Includes: set of 2 kits Skill: engineering Grades: 6-9 Robot C2 3D Printer Skill: coding Grades: 5-12 7