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Library Awarded $38,000 for Project Next Generation: Discover, Design, Create

We are delighted to announce that for a seventh year, the Library has been awarded a Project Next Generation grant from the Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White and the State Library. The grant, “Project Next Generation: Discover, Design, Create,” in the amount of $38,000 will provide funding for three multi-week distance learning programs for youth ages 11 through 14 and their families with a focus on all aspects of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).

The grant will include:

I Speak 3D 3.0 - a four-week program that teaches youth CAD (Computer Aided Design) skills through TinkerCad software. Participants generate their designs and working with those designs the Library Mentor prints out the participant’s 3D objects for them on the Library’s 3D printers. This program launches in November.

Rolling with Robotics 2.0 - a six-week program that launches in February teaches two levels of coding – Picture/Block and Advanced Block/JavaScript using Sphero SPRK+ and BOLT robots.

The World We Live In - a six-week program that incorporates both high- and low- tech activities centered on everyday science, new technologies and Glowforge CNC Laser Printer projects will be offered in April of 2022.

All of these programs are distance learning, and a project Mentor will assist participating youth. As part of the grant, two science and technology field trips are planned for Spring of 2022.

More information will be forthcoming about the programs.