The Idaho STEM Action Center has provided funds to the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) to award up to 70 public, school, or academic libraries $600 each to help pay for materials or presenters to support STEM outreach efforts during the summer. ICfL will also help provide a toolkit for learning activities, a branded yard sign and other resources. The Summer STEM from Your Library program has three primary goals:
- Increase access to fun, engaging, hands-on STEM activities for underserved youth beyond the normal library programming efforts
- Increase children’s access to books over the summer months
- Increase the number of children who minimize learning loss during the summer
NOTE: Due to a low number of submissions, the application deadline will be extended until we have received 70 applications. Libraries that applied before the Feb. 8 deadline will receive award letters and materials beginning in February and libraries that applied after the initial Feb. 8 deadline will receive materials later this spring.