STEAM Backpacks

STEAM Backpacks

Through the STEAM Backpacks Program, homeschool parents will be able to borrow a kit from VINS that provides the necessary directions, background information, and scientific tools to teach a deeply stimulating scientifically and standards-based curriculum. Each will be organized along a specific theme - Nature Explorer, Birds, Insects, Tracking, Day and Night Sky, and Geology - and will additionally be differentiated to suit the needs and abilities of K-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th grade students. Courtesy of the Dorr Foundation.

Complete a Rental Form now and an Educator will be in touch to coordinate with you.

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Birds

This backpack has everything you need to learn about birds or go birding with your child. It includes themed books, tools, activities, directions for crafts, information and tips for adults, and handy hiking supplies (like a whistle, flashlight, wipes to wash your hands, reusable ziplocs for snacks or found treasures).

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Insects

Rent this backpack for all the things your middle school aged child needs to go on an insect hunt. It includes themed books, tools, activities, directions for crafts, information and tips for adults, and handy hiking supplies (like a whistle, flashlight, wipes to wash your hands, reusable ziplocs for snacks or found treasures).

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Nature Explorer

Take this backpack with you, and you will be prepared to explore the natural world around you with tools such as magnifying glasses, binoculars, and compass.  Plus, investigate themed books, activities, directions for crafts, information and tips for adults, and handy hiking supplies (like a whistle, flashlight, wipes to wash your hands, reusable ziplocs for snacks or found treasures).

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Geology

This backpack will help you dig into the fascinating world of geology.  Examine the fossils, amber pieces, and rock and mineral kit, and compare them to the rocks you find in your backyard.  The backpack also includes themed books, tools, activities, directions for crafts, information and tips for adults, and handy hiking supplies (like a whistle, flashlight, wipes to wash your hands, reusable ziplocs for snacks or found treasures).

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Tracking

A good animal signs detective needs the right tools, and this Tracking Backpack has you covered!  What will you discover when you head outside?  The backpack includes themed books, tools, activities, directions for crafts, information and tips for adults, and handy hiking supplies (like a whistle, flashlight, wipes to wash your hands, reusable ziplocs for snacks or found treasures).

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Day & Night Sky

Get ready to explore the sky with this backpack, full of themed books, tools, activities, directions for crafts, information and tips for adults, as well as handy hiking supplies (like a whistle, flashlight, wipes to wash your hands, reusable ziplocs for snacks or found treasures).

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Rental Details

  • $20 deposit if used onsite at VINS
  • $20 per week if used offsite

Renters will need to acknowledge that they are responsible for the tools, games, and other materials in this backpack. They are responsible for paying the replacement cost for anything that is damaged beyond typical wear and tear.

Enhancing Classroom Curriculum with Place-Based Education

Explore the natural world with hands-on education aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.