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We now lend items supporting STEM learning:
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

I Love Virginia State Parks Nature Backpacks

VA parks backpackThis backpack includes a parking pass for free parking/entrance to all Virginia state parks, nature guides, a Port-a-bug field observation container, magnifying lens, and a dip net in a handy backpack.

Available at the Pretlow Anchor Branch, Larchmont, Little Creek and Van Wyck branches for a 2 week check out period and may be renewed twice if there are no other patron holds.  Limit is one per borrower, although may be combined with one telescope, microscope, GoPro, or binoculars.  Items must be returned to the checkout library during open hours and not in the book return.

Learn more about the Virginia State Parks Backpack Program.

Available only at Slover Library:

The following STEM equipment is only available at Slover Library to adults with a Norfolk library card (those who live, work, or own property in Norfolk or have paid an annual fee).  Limit is one per borrower, although each may be combined with one I Love Virginia State Parks Nature backpack.  Items must be returned to the checkout library during open hours and not in the book return.

Orion StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope

starblast telescopeThis kit includes a telescope, instruction manuals, and a smartphone adapter. It is available at Slover Library to adults with a Norfolk library card (those who live, work, or own property in Norfolk or have paid an annual fee).  Limit is one per borrower, although may be combined with one I Love Virginia State Parks Nature backpack.  Items must be returned to the checkout library during open hours and not in the book return.

This program is based on the New Hampshire Astronomical Society (NHAS) program. Watch the NHAS video on how to safely transport the 4.5 inch Orion Starblast Telescope. 

 

 

 

 

Celestron TetraView LCD Digital Microscope

44347_TetraView_frontThe professional-level Celestron TetraView LCD Digital Microscope is a touchscreen LCD microscope (40x to 400x magnification and up to 1600x with digital zoom) and 4.3" LCD touchscreen. TetraView features four fully achromatic lens objectives, a fully mechanical stage, a 4.3" TFT full color touch screen.  A 2 GB SD card is included for the microscope to function, although patrons can use their own to save images from the digital camera.  Prepared specimen and blank slides included.  Power cord with option to provide own 4 AA batteries for field use. 

Accompanying books: The Ultimate Guide to your Microscope by Shar Levine & Leslie Johnstone; The World of the Microscope by Chris Oxlade and Corinne Stockley.

 

 

GoPro Hero Kit

GoPro Hero 4A GoPro Hero camcorder with accessories and My GoPro Hero Camera by Jason Rich.

Read the GoPro Hero Quick Start Guide or the GoPro Hero Manual.

 

 

 

Orion Scenix 7x50 Binoculars

orion binocularsOne pair of binoculars in a carrying case.