The Putnam County Public Library District will be one of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Chicago Section Grant Recipients for the Science Kits for Public Libraries this year. We will be able to provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) educational kits for children, and allow them to be checked out across communities outside of the library. The $2,000 from the grant will allow Putnam County Public Library District to invest in educational opportunities. Science Kits that will become available will be Sphero Sprk+ that will allow children grades K – 12 to explore science, math, art, and computer science skills using robotics and basic coding; as well as Makey Makey's, an electronic remote control connected to a computer and alligator clips using everyday objects to allow children to learn science, music, math, art, computer science skills; and accessories for these kits including laptops, charging hubs, Sphero accessories, and books. Our first programs into this exciting new chapter for our library will be starting in the fall for the library branches.
Putnam County Public Library District Receives IEEE Grant