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21st Century Skills

The global economy calls for new skills like critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation.

Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century SkillsNational Initiative: Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills
The Institute's Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills initiative underscores the critical role our nation’s museums and libraries play in helping citizens build such 21st century skills as information, communications and technology literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, civic literacy, and global awareness.

Stem Video Game Challenge logoPartnership: STEM Video Game Challenge
IMLS is a National Community Sponsor of the National STEM Video Game Challenge. The Challenge, now in its third year, was inspired by President Obama’s "Educate to Innovate" Campaign, promoting science, technology, engineering and math education.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen 21st century skills (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

21st century skills content on the IMLS Web site:
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Blog Post: Convening Communities for Good: On the Frontier of 3D Printing for Accessible Education

July 27, 2015 04:18 PM
With the help of an IMLS Grant, Benetech convened a national forum to discuss how 3D printing technology and services can be used for accessible education materials. Read More

 
Cover of IMLSFocus NDP Report
Blog Post: Taking the National Digital Platform for Libraries to the Next Level

July 23, 2015 08:02 AM
A new report, prepared by OCLC Research, highlights key themes and issues raised at the IMLS Focus: The National Digital Platform convening. Read More

 
Senior women creating a scrapbook
Blog Post: Putting Seniors at the Center

July 22, 2015 02:48 PM
Museums and libraries have a role to play in promoting healthy aging, independent living, and community involvement for seniors. Read More

 
Blog Post: Meeting Community Needs: A Veteran’s Success Story

June 25, 2015 03:11 PM
Cecil County Public Library helped a U.S. Army Veteran who faced homeless, unemployment, and health challenges, gain computer literacy skills and apply for a job online. Read More

 
Representatives Steny Hoyer (left) and Mark Takano (right) enjoy the Museum of Science, Boston’s Faire activity
Blog Post: Highlighting the Power and Potential of Making

June 22, 2015 01:47 PM
The amazing world of “making” took hold of the nation’s capital this month, and IMLS played an important role organizing key festivities. Read More