BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Amazon is donating to a local library to support its STEM programs.

The online giant donated $10,000 to the Bullitt County Library on Tuesday morning.

Amazon surprised students with the gift and invited them to try out new gadgets.

The donation will support the library’s current Digital Tech Lab and Makerspace programs. The hope is that students will be encouraged to explore STEM education, which includes science, technology, engineering and math. 

"This makes it fun. This makes it exciting and this makes them maybe want to rethink going outside and doing something else and coming outside and learning and growing and focusing on their future," said side leader Brett Gorin.

“We want to empower our community through free and open access to relevant, informative, and engaging resources and services,” said Joe Schweiss, director of the Bullitt County Library. “We’re so grateful for Amazon’s donation which will expand access to new technology and build an interconnected community with an enriched quality of life.”

“It’s important to support children learning outside of the classroom so they can experience real-world applications,” said Matt Harney, general manager at one of Amazon’s fulfillment centers in Shepherdsville. “We’re excited to partner with Bullitt County Library to help students learn about the STEM fundamentals we use right here in our facilities.” 

Some of the donated equipment includes virtual reality headsets, robot construction equipment, gaming laptops and several sets of LEGOs.

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