STEM Library Lab was founded in 2016 as a racial equity organization, and stands in solidarity with the civil discourse movement locally and nationally following the murders of George Floyd, Modesto Reyes, Breonna Taylor, and many others, both public and left unknown. We support the demands of protesters and affirm that Black Lives Matter.
COVID-19 Update: We look forward to resuming all of our services soon.
We are excited to continue to lend equipment to local teachers for the purpose of remote teaching demos as soon as our equipment Library is open!
We have compiled a list of curriculum, enrichment, and community oriented resources to aid teachers transitioning to remote teaching.
ALL LOCAL TEACHERS ARE WELCOME, free of charge, to request materials by emailing twackerman@STEMLibraryLab.org or reserving them directly from our Inventory Page.
Equity through access
Community through support.
STEM LIBRARY LAB
Fostering academic success by providing teachers and students with access to equipment and support for high-quality active learning.
We equip teachers to inspire students.
STEM Library Lab Impact
In 2019 equipment borrowed from STEM Library Lab served over 21,300 students and saved schools more than $197,000.
Outscoring the Rest of the Network
My experience with the STEM library was fantastic. The library provided me with compasses and trundle wheels that drastically strengthened our lesson on using maps. I wouldn’t have even considered incorporating trundle wheels to the lesson if I hadn’t consulted with the librarians at SLL. – Nick Porras (Lycee Francais)
STEM Library Lab Impact
Teachers who used STEM Library Lab report improved student learning on summative assessments, improved student engagement, and greater enjoyment in teaching.
Latest News + Blog
The problem, resourcing the under-resourced, is deceptively challenging. We sent invitations for appointments to the Teacher Free-Store to over 2,000 local educators in the last 2 weeks. Of the respondents, 92% have been from schools with an “A” grade on their SPS score. “A” schools make up less than 10% of all Orleans Parish public schools. Do the teachers at C, D, and F schools just not need free supplies? We know empirically this is not the case, so are forced to ask, what makes those teachers less likely to take advantage of a resource?read more
The New Orleans Advocate, 08/09/2019, by Celeste Turner, photo by Chris Granger - Much the same way that a card-carrying member can walk into a public library and come out with a book, teachers can walk into the STEM Library Lab in Gentilly and borrow everything from...read more
St. Charles Magazine, 01/31/2020, by Lindsay Mack, Photos by Cheryl Gerber While working as a science teacher in New Orleans, Todd Wackerman faced a common dilemma: lab materials are often outside the school’s budget. To help other educators facing a similar issue,...read more