Honda’s donation to Barrie Public Library to boost STEAM learning at upcoming Holly branch

Science, tech, engineering, arts, and math a gateway to critical thinking and problem solving

The Barrie Public Library is getting set to rev its engines at the Holly Community Library when it opens later this year, thanks to a donation from Honda.

Honda of Canada Mfg. made the donation to the library through its community investment program, with $1,000 going towards new STEAM-based learning tools at the library when it opens later in 2021. The use of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics as learning tools is said to be a gateway for critical thinking and problem-solving. “Looking back, I chose engineering because it was a practical set of skills that gave me a valuable perspective on the world,” explained Natalie Prole, Vehicle Quality Engineer at Honda of Canada Mfg. “Now that I’m through that experience and on the other side, engineering is a fantastic foundation that propels you to keep learning and be curious for the rest of your life.”

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STEAM-based programs have long been used at the Barrie Public Library, including through its Tinker Lab program at the Downtown Branch.

“Being able to offer unique resources such as this supports the opportunity for self-discovery and lifelong learning,” says Katelyn Lees, Philanthropy and Resource Development Specialist at the Barrie Public Library. “We have a great history with Honda, through their ongoing participation in the annual Barrie Dragon Boat Festival and support through their community investment program. “We want to take this opportunity during National Engineering Month to highlight them and the impact their funding support has made for the Library.”

Anyone who wants to follow Honda’s lead and make a donation to the library’s efforts to open a new branch in Holly can do so through its website.