It’s tinker time for anyone with a Vancouver Island Regional Library card.
Starting Feb. 15, VIRL’s new Tinker Totes will be available for customers to borrow and take home to experience the five aspects of STEAM learning: S is for Science, T is for Technology, E is for Engineering, A is for Art, and M is for Mathematics.
“STEAM learning can help young people build foundational skills to prepare them for the future,” said Melissa Legacy, VIRL’s director of library services and planning.
“Our new Tinker Totes, as well as being a lot of fun for the whole family, could help to spark new passions and interests in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math in kids from Sooke to Sointula.”
There are five Tinker Totes available for loan:
• Sensory Playtime – helps kids explore and learn through sound
• Code-a-Pillar – teaches kids about coding and computational thinking
• KEVA Connect Planks – sets the foundation for imaginative building
• Handbells – Introduces music and composition
• Magna-Tiles – Perfect for the aspiring builder
The Tinker Totes can be checked out from any VIRL branch for three weeks. Simply search Tinker Tote in the VIRL catalogue to reserve one.