The McCall Public Library received grant for $10,000 from the Idaho STEM Action Center to provide professional development workshops and funding for makerspace technologies in our community. Along with partner organizations such as MDHS, McCall Girl Scout Troop, Cascade Cultural Arts Center, MDSD Gifted and Talented program, and the PLCA4KIDS after school program, this 2-day free workshop taking place in September, will be open to the public. The event will give attendees the opportunity to test out items from the Library’s STEAM learning tools, investigate creative problem solving strategies such as design thinking, and brainstorm strategies for engaging young people in hands-on STEAM learning activities. Some of the grant money received by the library will be used to create new opportunities in the planned expanded library building. “Our library is poised to play a key role in providing STEM resources in our community. We will expand our partnerships and ignite makerspace activities for all ages and abilities in our community” said Programming Librarian Casey Bruck. The grant is an opportunity to highlight resources available in our community and to collaborate on how to better serve the community’s youth. Idaho Department of Labor projections for 2014-2024 predict the growth rate for STEM jobs in Idaho is 23.1%, compared with 19.4% for non-STEM jobs. This is almost twice the national STEM job growth rate.
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