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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 – FY 2012, or do a keyword search for science, technology, engineering, and/or math terms.

STEM in FY14 Grantmaking

Libraries and museums offer powerful experiences that engage children and young adults in a wide variety of STEM fields. IMLS invites libraries and museums to address STEM in their programs and projects in order to advance learning and support the acquisition of STEM knowledge at all ages, particularly for at-risk youth. In FY14, this special focus will be available for the following programs:

STEM Resources

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

STEM content on the IMLS website:
EarlyLearningBlog AcademicAchievement
Blog Post: Children Who Visit Museums Have Higher Achievement in Reading, Math, and Science

April 21, 2014 03:59 PM
IMLS Senior Statistician Deanne W. Swan highlights findings that show the educational benefits of museum visits for kindergarten children. Read More

 
Maggie discovers 3D printing at the Chattanooga Public Library.
Blog Post: What Good is a Gig?

April 8, 2014 01:08 PM
Partially funded by IMLS, the Inclusive Gigabit Libraries project shares case studies on libraries that are getting gigabit-speed internet connections. Read More

 
Blog Post: How to Boost Your Creativity

March 5, 2014 02:09 PM
A recent workshop at the Science Center of Virginia brought together 60 librarians from across the state to learn about STEM resources, get ideas for successful programs, and partner with their museum colleagues. Read More

 
A member of the Chicago Public Library staff shows a patron what can be done with a 3D printer in their Maker Lab.
Blog Post: National Museum and Library Services Board Explores Makers Movement

November 20, 2013 03:28 PM
Collaborative Community Maker Labs are emerging in libraries and museums. Read More

 
iPads in the Univeristy of Alabama's GeoTech Lab.
Blog Post: Hang Out, Mess Around, and Geek Out at the UA GeoTech Lab

November 15, 2013 02:03 PM
The new learning lab at the Alabama Museum of Natural History gives teens access to technology they might not be able to use at home or in their schools. These gadgets will allow hands-on experimentation, collaboration, and tinkering in areas of personal interest. Read More