Bourbon Library Receives Robot Mice STEM Kits

The Bourbon Library is one of 16 libraries in the state that received STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) kits through a pilot program.

The Missouri State Library issued four kit types and Bourbon received code and go robot mice.

Partons can check out the STEM kits and put them together at the library.

The kit comes with 10 robot mice, 220 maze walls and more.

Starting in September, the kits should be available to more public schools and libraries.

Other kits being rolled out are a classroom dash and dots robotics kit, a classroom set of Cubelets and Google VR Classroom headsets.

Crawford County Library Director Elizabeth Outar said that Bourbon branch manager Carol Brown has been trained in using the kit and hopes that patrons will stop by to use them.

Patriot Nations

From January 10 through February 7, the library district hosted the Patriot Nations exhibit.

Outar said that despite repeated interruptions due to weather, more than 1,200 visitors from Missouri and surrounding states visited the exhibit.

The exhibit, produced by the Smithsonian, revealed the history of Native American service in the United States armed forces.

It was produced by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and made possible by the support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. 

It was co-sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council.

The library district hosted the exhibit at Cuba’s Recklein Auditorium and each week featured a guest speaker on an aspect of Native American history.

Outar said they had good attendance at the speaker series, but that one was affected by the weather.

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