Monday, February 27, 2017

NASA @ Your Library



Public libraries are invited to apply for NASA@ My Library, a STEM educational initiative that will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for libraries across the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underserved in STEM education.

Seventy-five U.S. public libraries will be selected through a competitive application process to become NASA@ My Library Partners and participate in the 18-month project (Phase 1), with the opportunity to extend for an additional two-year period (Phase 2).


AS PART OF PHASE 1, NASA@ MY LIBRARY PARTNERS WILL RECEIVE:
  • Two NASA STEM Facilitation Kits (total value: $750) designed for use in hands-on STEM programming facilitated by library staff or outside groups
  • A tablet computer, pre-loaded with how-to videos, apps, educational games and visualizations relevant to the kit materials
  • A $500 programming stipend
  • Participation for one library staff member in a required two-day orientation workshop in Denver in February/March 2018
  • An $800 stipend for travel costs for the orientation workshop
  • And much more
LIBRARIES THAT PARTICIPATE IN PHASE 2 WILL RECEIVE:
  • NASA STEM Backpacks designed for circulations (total value: $200)
  • Two additional NASA STEM Facilitation Kits (total value: $750)
  • An additional $500 programming stipend
REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION
Participating libraries will be required to hold at least three public programs per year that utilize the NASA STEM Facilitation Kits, NASA educational resources and/or NASA subject matter experts. The programs should target a variety of age groups, and at least one program per year must be a publicized, high-profile event. Grantees will also be asked to host a community dialogue event to discuss STEM learning needs of their community. View the full project guidelines.

Questions? Visit the project webpage or email us at publicprograms@ala.org.

The project is offered by the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in partnership with the ALA Public Programs Office, the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and the Education Development Center. Funding comes from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. 

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