What would you do with $20,000?
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.
— Martin Library hosts a Day of Exploring STEM