Albertsons Library librarian Kelsey Keyes was recently awarded a PK12 Innovative STEM Project Grant from the Idaho STEM Action Center.
Conceived in the Office of the Governor, the Idaho STEM Action Center was approved during the 2015 legislative session to help produce a competitive workforce by implementing K-through-career science, technology, engineering, and math education programs aligned with industry needs. During the 2016 session, the Idaho Legislature set the STEM Action Center’s annual budget at $2.4 million, and appropriated $2 million into a STEM Education Fund to help start up local STEM programs.
Kelsey will use the grant to create STEM-themed kits that can be checked out for in-library use by children accompanying their parents who come to work and study at Boise State University’s Albertsons Library. Each backpack will contain a variety of STEM-based toys and activities, such as LEGO bricks, Code-a-pillars, and MagnaTiles, as well as STEM-themed books that appeal to a range of ages, from preschool-age 12.
By providing backpacks with age-appropriate STEM activities and STEM-themed books for the children of Boise State students, Albertsons Library is taking an innovative approach to serving parenting students and their children by creating a family-friendly environment, while also fostering STEM education and making a positive, multi-generational impact.