Rural Libraries STEM Grant: Apply by May 15th

ImageThe "Pushing the Limits: A Reading, Viewing, Discussion Series for Rural Libraries" project is looking for 75 rural libraries to join a grant project funded by the National Science Foundation. This program extends the building blocks of science literacy to two new audiences: rural librarians and adults in the communities they serve.  The goal of Pushing the Limits is to:

  • strengthen adult science programming and resources in small and rural public libraries and
  • enhance public interest and involvement in STEM topics -- science, technology, engineering, and math

Up to 75 public libraries in the United States will...

  • receive a grant of $2500
  • receive program materials including videos
  • participate in an on-line training program

Deadline: May 15, 2013 Details and application form

  • The Pushing the Limits public programs will explore these ideas through a discussion led by a STEM professional (science, technology, engineering, math) and the local librarian, using a blended science cafĂ© and book club model that integrates feature film quality videos and a recommended (popular) book reading.
  • The project's professional development will include strategies for selecting and collaborating with a science partner. As part of the project, the rural libraries will need to identify and work with a science partner to present the programs. The science partner should be a local scholar or someone who has knowledge of science.

The program launched with 20 pilot sites, and is now being expanded to as many as 75 additional rural public libraries. Source: Channel Weekly Image source: Microsoft Images