Nubian Directions II Begins Developing Free Community STEM Lending Library

We will soon lend out S.T.E.A.M. and fitness equipment to Dutchess County residents for completely free!

May 3, 2023 10:38 AM

Nubian Directions is opening a free community lending library with S.T.E.A.M ( science, technology, engineering, art, and math ) equipment and more to provide resources to those in Dutchess County.

Photo of storage center after construction had concluded with the bikes.

The Poughkeepsie YouthBuild students have been constructing this room to hold the equipment.

Photo of YouthBuild students and instructor during the construction of the storage center.

Now that construction concluded, the Poughkeepsie YouthBuild students assisted in building shelving and transporting the equipment inside.

Poughkeepsie YouthBuild students transporting shelving units inside the storage center.

Photo of bikes after being transported into the center. These bikes will be rented out completely free to the residents of Dutchess County.

The room is full of thousands of dollars of valuable equipment that will all be given to Dutchess County.

Photo of monitors, driving simulation equipment, drones, 3D printers, embroidery equipment, and more.

This includes 3D Printers, 10+ bikes, S.T.E.M building kits, high-speed computers, podcasting equipment, 10+ sewing machines, embroidery machines, drones, monitors, driving simulators, and so much more.

Another angle of the equipment, with fitness equipment including bikes and sporting equipment.

Mario Johnson, Previously Director of Marist College Upward Bound Program, is returning to the Nubian Directions team as the YouthBuild/AmeriCorps Coordinator on May 8th, 2023. With this upcoming position, he brought all of this equipment to dedicate it to the community.

Photo of Mario Johnson, Upcoming YouthBuild/AmeriCorps Program Director

You may be wondering, what is the purpose of a free lending center?

The purpose of this initiative is to close the gap and ensure that everyone has a fair shot at accessing S.T.E.A.M education and resources, which is crucial for addressing systemic injustices and promoting social equality. In the spring of 2021, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard University delved into the connection between S.T.E.A.M and systemic oppression. 

They also provided evidence-based recommendations for improving S.T.E.A.M education for marginalized students. belonging/programs/intersections-stem-and-social-justice-series-0

By providing completely free S.T.E.A.M. equipment, we will be able to close the gap and ensure everyone has a fair shot. Benefitting statistics for low-income minority individuals in S.T.E.A.M fields, which currently is lacking but seeing progress.

Photo of multiple high-speed gaming computers and relating equipment.

While we are still developing this center, it will soon be a Micro Enterprise Youth Opportunity Center or M.E.Y.O.P.

3D render of upcoming M.E.Y.O.P after construction concludes.

The M.E.Y.O.P will serve all Dutchess County residents and provide essential community resources to build a hub for success. If you are interested in our building plans or want to support us, please click here for more information.

In conclusion, Nubian Directions is making a significant effort to provide access to S.T.E.A.M equipment and resources to the Dutchess County community by establishing a free lending library.

Photo of podcasting equipment, sleeping bags, african drums, and more.

The library is equipped with a wide range of valuable equipment such as 3D printers, high-speed computers, sewing machines, and more. To hear about updates relating to this center, please sign up for our newsletter to get exclusive information.

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