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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:
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

 
Students sitting at a table taking apart fleece pajama pants.
Blog Post: Makerspaces: Beyond Tools and Products

June 19, 2015 08:41 AM
Michigan Makers, a service learning project of the University of Michigan School of Information, aims to focus on the participants’ development rather than the tools in the makerspace. Read More

 
A visitor at The Tech Museum of Innovation learns how to solder in The Tech Studio.
Blog Post: Revving up an Engine for Innovation

June 18, 2015 12:42 PM
The Tech Museum of Innovation strives to use technology to make their community a better place to live by getting patrons tinkering in their new makerspace and dancing in their Creative Collisions program. Read More