The STAR Net STEAM Equity Project will award grants to twelve public libraries in small and rural U.S. communities (library service population of under 25,000) to offer outstanding, culturally responsive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programming, materials, and exhibitions for their communities, especially often-underreached Latino populations.
With support at the national level from the project team as well as local partnerships, the libraries will engage their communities through three STEAM learning pathways: 1) STEAM exploration spaces, seeded by STAR Net traveling exhibitions, 2) active learning programs, and 3) STEAM outreach kits.
Selected libraries will receive $15,000 to participate in numerous professional development activities, support community partnerships and purchase materials as they customize STEAM learning experiences from Winter 2020-Summer 2024. Virtual support will be given from the project team through check-in calls and webinars.
Interested library workers are invited to complete a brief Notice of Intent (NOI) about community demographics and needs. Estimated time to complete the online form is 15 minutes. For more information, visit the website and read the FAQ.