Teachers and youth organization leaders are welcome to check out technology sets to use in the classroom or at afterschool programs for free. This project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.
What do you need to check out the technology?
Teachers can show their school ID and a personal library card. Youth organizations need to fill out a form to authorize use, and the organization staff that is checking out the technology will need a library card - library cards are free and you can get one at any Nevada County Community Library Branch.
If you are an afterschool program provider and would like to check out items, fill out this form and email it or bring it to Lisa Nowlain at Madelyn Helling Library. For the general Lending Agreement, click here.
Where can we learn more about using the sets?
View the sets below. Details for each kit is located in the library catalog. To see educational resources for each of the sets, visit pinterest.com/technologylendinglibrary/. All of the sets come with a user manual, and many come with a book about how to use them. We will also be hosting educational events - contact us for more information.
How long can we keep the sets and can we reserve them in advance?
The sets are available to check out for a month. You can reserve them in advance by calling us at the number below. If they are available for checkout on your requested dates, you can pick them up at the Madelyn Helling Library or Truckee Library on your check out date. They must be returned to the library where they were checked out and physically handed in to a library staff member at the circulation desk. You can check out up to two sets at a time unless you receive special permission.
What if a student loses or breaks something?
We will be charging for lost charging cords, boxes, cases, and other smaller items. However, at this time, we do not plan to charge for broken technology. Sets should not be taken home by students and must stay with the teacher or organization during the checkout period.
How can I get more information?
For more information, or to reserve a set in Western Nevada County email Lisa Nowlain or call 530-265-1541. To reserve a set in Truckee email Sachi Neumann or call 530-582-7846.
Sets Include (sets cannot be broken up):
Kibo Classroom Kit
For 10-24 Students. A screen-free coding experience for ages 4-7. Use blocks to sequence, and then scan them with the robot to see it go!
Classroom idea: Read a myth, create a map and cardboard characters, and program Kibo to recreate the story.
LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 Set
For 2-4 students.
Enables students to build, program, and test their solutions based on real-life robotics technology.
Classroom idea: Build a robot that solves a real-life problem.
Kit of 4 microphones and USB cords. Easy to use and very portable: just plug the microphone into a USB port and get great sound.
Classroom Idea: Create podcasts or voiceovers for videos.
K'Nex Builder Sets
Sets of blocks and connectors.131 K'NEX pieces, and print building instructions. Grades 2-6. Create tactile 3 dimensional forms using a variety of attachments.
Sphero Education Power Pack
12 Spheros in a rolling charger case. Programmable rolling robots that you control through an app.
Classroom Idea: Build a maze and program the Sphero to run it, or dip the Spheros in paint and create abstract art. Discuss Jackson Pollack and other Abstract Expressionists.
LittleBits Workshop Set
Kits for up to 16 students. Easy-to-use electronic building blocks for creating inventions. Electronic building blocks are color-coded, magnetic, and reusable. For ages 8 and up.
Classroom Idea: Invent a throwing arm.
Dash and Dot
Set of 3 Dash, 3 Dot robots and technology for 18 students. Dash and Dot are robots that can sense, act and think! Students use block coding on four different iPad apps to control their robots.
Classroom Idea: Engineering and math challenge-as you solve problems, move your robot through a course.
Sets of 10 Tablets and pens. Draw, paint, and edit with an easy to use pen tablet that you connect to your computer with USB.
Classroom Idea: Improve your digital art lessons.
K'Nex Maker Kit
For ages 8 and over. Instructions for building simple machines that use pulleys or levers including: seesaw, balance, wheelbarrow, hockey stick,etc. Instruction booklet included. 597 pieces.
LEGO Simple Machines
"This set contains a brick assortment and building instructions. It includes gears, levers, pulleys, wheels and axles, as well as a plastic punch-out sheet with eyes, sails, scales and wings.Use this set with the accompanying curriculum pack to conduct lessons, extension activities, and problem-solving tasks.The support materials provided in this curriculum pack include teacher guidance and student worksheets"--LEGO website. Ages 8+
Set of 12 or 5 Makey Makeys
The Makey Makey allows you to take everyday objects and combine them with the internet to create fun inventions.
Classroom Ideas: Program a game in Scratch (a free online coding program), and then have a game controller creation contest, using fun materials to create circuits!
Arduino Starter Kit
Set of TBD Starter Packs. An open-source electronics prototyping platform-a mini-computer with sensors.
Classroom Idea: Create web-based games to learn programming, or a Fidget Spinner RPM Counter.
Check out a single mobile hotspot with free unlimited 4G service.
Google Expedition Kit
10 Virtual Reality Headsets and a teacher device in a case.
Classroom Idea:Visit a place or ecosystem you're learning about, or visit space and other impossible to visit places to get a virtual "hands-on" experience.
HP Chromebook 11
This project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.