York County Libraries applies for $20K YorIt grant for STEM Center at Martin Library

What would you do with $20,000?

York County Libraries wants to build a STEM Center.

An idea that’s catching on nationwide, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs focus on getting students engaged in and comfortable with science-based areas.

“STEM is catching on, and York city schools are missing out,” said Laura O’Grady, youth services manager at Martin Library. ” We want to be a hub where students downtown can access these resources.”

When they caught wind of a $20,000 grant opportunity through YorIt’s Social Venture Challenge, they decided to create a video and enter their idea for a center at Martin.

“We’re looking to outfit one of our existing rooms with equipment needed,” O’Grady said.

The room would be a hub for hands-on computer applications, robotics, interactive Lego-building experiences, practice for robotics teams, guest speakers or STEM-related workshops.

The video, about three minutes long, was uploaded to YouTube last month, and YorIt will choose finalists for the grant in mid-February. One or more groups that meets the challenge to “invigorate downtown York City with innovative, exciting and appealing projects” will receive a grant of up to $20,000. Past recipients include YorShoppes, CoWork155, The Parliament and Healthy World Cafe.

Read more:
Martin Library hosts a Day of Exploring STEM

About Sarah Chain

I’m an avid reader and book lover living and working in downtown York. Follow me on Twitter at @sarahEchain.

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