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About the Grant Program
"Science Kits for Public Libraries" seeks to make STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning available for children regardless of race, gender, or income. Understanding that not all children have access to high quality Science Educations due to underfunding, resource allocations, poverty, or any other social or economic condition, the SKPL project will raises money to provide grants to public libraries to purchase science kit collections that can be borrowed by the community just like a book.
Named the "Science Kits for Public Libraries" project or SKPL for short, this Region 4 project has been adapted from a project originated by the IEEE-Chicago Section that has been in successful operation since 2009. In 2011, the IEEE Foundation and the Life Members Committee awarded Region 4 a grant of $40,000 to explore the idea of expanding the project. Lessons learned from this endeavor have put Region 4 in a favorable position to now expand SKPL into a Region wide program.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) - Region 4 annually offers grants of up to $2,000 to Public Libraries in the Midwest. The "Science Kits for Public Libraries" (SKPL) grant is focused on the development of circulating math and science kit collections and is intended for pre-university students (K-12). The purpose of the SKPL project is to provide hands on, self-directed educational opportunities in math and science to pre-university students by supporting Midwest area Public Libraries especially in the development of circulating collections of Science Kits. A call for grant applications period occurs in the Fall of each year. Grant decisions are made by the end of the year.