Early Years Engineering Kits

Engineering is for Everyone.

Cartoon robot wearing a black bucket hatLooking to introduce STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to your young children? There are six Early Years Engineering Kits filled with books and toys to encourage and support preschoolers (ages 3-5) in learning more about Engineering. Members may place a hold with a Hamilton Public Library card (physical or eCard).

If you don’t have a Hamilton Public Library card, register online or visit any HPL branch and complete an application form.

The following themed kits are offered in partnership with the McMaster Engineering Community Outreach team. The team works to provide first-rate, barrier-free, transformational learning opportunities from toddlers to young adults in the Hamilton community.

Early Years Engineering Kit: Busy Board
Early Years Engineering Kit: Forest Stacker
Early Years Engineering Kit: Magnetic Tiles
Early Years Engineering Kit: Shape Patterns
Early Years Engineering Kit: Stone Stacker

How long may I borrow each kit?
You may borrow any of the kits for 21 days, with up to three (3) renewals.

When can I attend the Early Years Engineers program at my local branch?
Visit hpl.ca/guide or hpl.ca/events for programming dates and times offered.

How can I support my young child in learning about Engineering?
Early childhood is the natural starting point for learning about Engineering. Young children are curious and want to explore their environments. Encourage your child to garden, build forts, stack blocks, or play with cups in the bathtub. Hands-on play is the best way to support your natural engineer.

Who are Engineers?
Engineers apply science and math to solve problems. They design, analyze, build and test machines, complex systems, structures, gadgets and materials.

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