NASA @ My Library STEM Trunks

What are the NASA @ My Library (NaML) Trunks?

The NASA @ My Library Trunks came from a grant program that the Montana State Library participated in during 2019. MSL was selected to be part of Cohort 2 of the NASA @ My Library Program, a national Earth and Space Science Initiative that connects NASA, public libraries, and their communities. You can read more about the NASA @ My Library initiative at NASA's website.

Special thanks to these organizations for their help in providing and developing many of the materials used in this program!

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What is in the NaML Trunks?

NASA has provided the Montana State Library with two STEM trunks that contain a variety of interesting and exciting space-related activities! Here is a short description of each trunk:

Trunk 1: Sun-Earth-Moon Connections 

This trunk focuses on activities and experiences that better help patrons understand their place in space, and how the Sun and Moon impact our planet. 

Trunk Contents

  • 2 pairs of SUNoculars
  • 5 wooden yardsticks, with earth and moon models
  • Sorting Game Cards, laminated
  • Styrofoam ball for the Jump to Jupiter activity
  • 10 small ziploc bags with different objects to represent the solar system for Jump to Jupiter
  • UV beads
  • regular pony beads
  • UV flashlight
  • Pipecleaners
  • Books

Trunk 2: Be A NASA Detective: Expanding Your Senses

This trunk focuses on activities and experiences that help patrons be more comfortable with using tools of science and making predictions based on their observations. This trunk focuses on things we cannot see with our normal vision or sense with our normal senses.

Trunk Contents

  • Magnetic Science Experiment Kit
  • Kitchen scale
  • 2 infrared thermometers
  • Plastic globes
  • Magnets: round and bar shaped
  • Pony beads, marbles, paper clips
  • 2 flashlights (one regular, one red light)
  • Colored pencils
  • Telescope kit
  • Binoculars
  • Receipt-style paper rolls
  • Books


How do I borrow/use a trunk?

Visit the MSL Trunk Program Page for more information on who can borrow a trunk, and what the expectations are for using a trunk!