CHICAGO – The Haslet Public Library’s early science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education program for pre-teens, “Haslet Robotics Club,” has been awarded the 2014 Loleta D. Fyan grant. Their plan aims to fill science-based educational and entertainment gaps for children aged 9-16 within their service area.
"This year’s Fyan Award Jury members had their hands full with a large number of proposals (32),” said jury chair Larry Grieco. “The Haslet (Texas) Public Library’s STEM education idea for upper elementary and middle school students, to have participants join a Robotics Club and build robots, was bold, innovative, and sure to excite pre- and early teens in the library community, opening up the world of science during a formative time in these young people’s lives. It is our pleasure to honor the Haslet Public Library with this year’s Loleta D. Fyan Award."
The Robotics Club will build robots and participate in robotics competitions using LEGO Mindstorms technology, while enhancing the program with instructional visits by technology professionals and IT experts.
This $5,000 grant, given annually on a competitive basis, is named for Loleta D. Fyan, an ALA past-president (1951-52), who provided funds for the American Library Association (ALA) in her will. The grant supports a project that will develop and/or improve public library services, will effect changes that are innovative and responsive to the future and have potential for broader impact and application beyond a specific local need. Applicants can include, but are not limited to, local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including ALA units, library schools or individuals.
For guidelines and a list of previous winners see: