Summer STEM COVID-19 Update
Due to the uncertainty in planning library programs for the upcoming months during the Coronavirus pandemic, ICfL can offer flexibility to 2020 Summer STEM grant recipients in the following ways:
- Summer STEM programming may take place between May 1 and September 30 (previously May 1 – August 31).
- Summer STEM summary reports will be due on October 15, 2020 (previously September 15).
- For this summer only, the term “outreach” includes virtual events on your libraries website or social media channels.
- The goal of this grant is for libraries to encourage STEM learning during out-of-school time. In that spirit, here are some ideas on how you can use your grant funds if you are unable to plan an in-person program this summer:
- Create a series of short videos on STEM projects that families can do at home
- Assemble STEM kits to be distributed at food pantries or other places in your community, following safety and sanitation recommendations
- Offer a virtual STEM classroom for children in your community
- Mail STEM kits, books, and experiment ideas to families
- Challenge kids to record their own at-home STEM activities and post them to your library’s social media
- Create a STEM challenge that families can complete at home; send them a prize for proof of accomplishing the challenge
Check out this example of a virtual Summer STEM program from Lynette Leonard at Southside Elementary in Cocolalla: Summer Curiosity Camp
We plan on mailing Summer STEM books and other materials to your library before May 1. If you are unable to accept shipments or need to make other arrangements for receiving materials, please contact Tiffany Duke: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about implementing your Summer STEM program, please contact Jennifer Redford: email@example.com.