STAR Net’s STEM Activity Clearinghouse includes active learning program activities across a broad range of STEM subjects (e.g., astronomy, earth science, technology, health, and engineering). The Clearinghouse is a “one-stop shop” for free STEM activities designed specifically for the library setting, based on librarian demand and feedback. There are currently over 500 STEM activities on the Clearinghouse in the areas of biology, citizen science, computational thinking, earth science, engineering, health, space science, technology, and more. Visitors to the Clearinghouse can search by content area, age group, time to complete activity, time needed to prep activity, cost associated with activity materials, difficulty level (by content), or mess level.
The 23 interactive design challenges and supporting resources that were used for Project BUILD were placed on the STEM Activity Clearinghouse in corresponding “Collections” (Clean Up Our World, Designed to Survive, Power from Nature, Span-tastic Bridges) so all public library staff could access them. As the Project BUILD project team, including partner libraries, developed resources to support engineering activities (including translated materials, modifications, and supporting guides) throughout the project, they were placed on the STEM Activity Clearinghouse to be available for all public library staff.