STAR Net STEAM Equity Project: Enhancing Learning Opportunities in Libraries of Rural Communities

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STAR_Net logoPublic libraries are hubs for lifelong learning, especially in small and rural communities that may not have easy access to the scientific and academic centers in more urban locations.

The STAR Net STEAM Equity Project helps public library workers in small and rural communities offer outstanding, culturally responsive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programming and exhibitions for their patrons, especially often-underreached Latino populations.

Twelve libraries, selected through a competitive and peer-reviewed application process, will each receive $15,000 over four years to participate in professional development activities, support community collaborations and purchase STEAM learning materials.

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The project is offered by the Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL/SSI), the American Library Association (ALA), Twin Cities PBS (TPT), Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI) and Education Development Center (EDC). It is generously funded through the National Science Foundation. This project builds on the STAR Library Network, or STAR Net (where “STAR” stands for Science-Technology Activities and Resources).

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Numbers DRL-1906172 and DRL-1906084. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.