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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Libraries and museums are improving learning in science, technology, engineering and math, a national priority for US competitiveness.

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 projects that strengthen STEM learning. Select STEM as a Grant Issue Area to get results for projects from FY 2009, or do a keyword search for science, technology, engineering, and/or math terms.

STEM Grantmaking

In FY 2013 and 2014, IMLS awarded more than $23 million in grants for STEM-related projects.  A list of these grants is available here.

STEM Resources

Click here for resources to help museums and libraries develop STEM projects.

STEM content on the IMLS website:
IMLS Announces Grants of $14.16 Million for Libraries across the U.S.

August 31, 2015 07:44 AM
New grants will help libraries engage learners of all ages, provide access to content, develop models for the library field, and support services for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians. Read More

 
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National STEM Video Game Challenge Announces Winners of Fourth Annual Competition

July 2, 2015 09:24 AM
The winners of the 2014 STEM Video Game Challenge were recognized at a gaming celebration on June 27 in Pittsburgh at WQED. Read More

 
IMLS at the American Library Association Conference in San Francisco

June 10, 2015 01:43 PM
If you are coming to ALA, we hope to see you at IMLS booth #2621. Read More

 
The design team working with veteran Lisa Marie Wiley on the quick switch apparatus at the competition.
Blog Post: Learning Labs Put 3D Printing Skills to the Test to Improve Lives for Veterans in Virginia

August 19, 2015 12:58 PM
Virginia teens teamed up with the Science Museum of Virginia’s the YOUmedia Learning Lab for a Make-a-thon hosted by the Department of Veteran Affairs. Their award-winning prototype, a 3D printed socket, will make it possible for veterans to easily switch and wear different prostheses. Read More

 
Blog Post: Bringing Together Public Libraries and STEM

August 18, 2015 09:13 AM
STEM professionals and librarians come together for the first Public Libraries and STEM Conference 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

 
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Teacher Institutes for Science Education and Ocean Conservation at the Monterey Bay Aquarium


The Monterey Bay Aquarium offered expanded professional development programs for teachers through a teacher institute project, providing 450 teachers with new tools, skills, and support through 15 year-long, grade-appropriate teacher institutes over 3 years. Participating teachers were better able to engage and inspire students to develop a connection to their local environment and gain the basic ocean science and critical thinking skills necessary to be effective citizens and ocean stewards. Read More

 
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Open-Ended Exploration: "Making" Endless Possibilities in STEM


The New York Hall of Science, in partnership with the Queens Museum of Art, created "Queens Makes," a program to foster invention, experimental problem solving, design, and building for young tinkerers and their families. Read More

 
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Multimedia Story Project Gives Voice to Teens and Extends a Hand to Refugee Community


Supported by the IMLS Grants to States program, Salt Lake County Library Services partnered with nonprofit Spy Hop to teach a free six-week course called Speak Up!, to teach local refugee youth how to use digital media to tell their stories. Read More

 
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IMLS Focus Learning in Libraries Final Report


This summary report outlines the major discussion points of the IMLS Focus convening on Learning in Libraries, held on May 14, 2015. The report highlights some of the key themes and issues raised by convening presenters and participants. Read More

 
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Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums:Transformative Spaces for Teens


Learn how 24 cities and counties applied new research about young people’s media practices to create physical and digital spaces for learning. This publication describes lessons learned, new models and practices and the impact of Learning Labs, supported by IMLS and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Read More

 
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Talking Points: From Third Place to Makerspace: Public Libraries and Teens


A snapshot of how public libraries reach out to teens with programs and services. Read More

 
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Talking Points: Museums, Libraries, and Makerspaces


Quick summary of makerspaces -- hands-on, mentor-led learning environments to make and remake the physical and digital worlds -- in museums and libraries. Read More