Monday, July 15, 2019 — The Westchester Public Library is pleased to announce we are the recipient of a $985.00 award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Chicago Section's "Science Kits for Public Libraries" (SKPL) grant program. The full amount will fund the creation of five circulating kits, each featuring fun and educational activities, which will encourage Westchester youth to use innovation, critical thinking, and design.
This project's goal is to bring unique, engaging, no-cost opportunities for learning. With these kits, students can explore the different areas of S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) and further develop an interest in them through hands-on activities and experiments. Each kit is intended for a specific age group and also includes complementary books and DVDs thematically related to its respective S.T.E.A.M. activity.
The Westchester Public Library is thrilled about this opportunity afforded us by IEEE to bring these kits to our community. Our patrons will be able to expand on their critical thinking skills and scientific knowledge to prepare for the growing future in dynamic S.T.E.A.M. careers. The Westchester Public Library will post announcements about the science kits once they are available for check-out through its website, social media, and the Village of Westchester's monthly newsletter.