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CHULA VISTA PUBLIC LIBRARY WINS NASA @ MY LIBRARY GRANT
The Chula Vista Public Library has been awarded a NASA@ My Library grant to enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning opportunities for youth. As one of 75 U.S. public libraries selected by the American Library Association (ALA), the library will receive resources, training and financial underwriting for STEM events for children. Selected through a competitive process from a pool of more than 500 applicants, the library will participate in the 18-month project (Phase 1), with the opportunity to extend for an additional two-year period. Chula Vista Library is one of three California libraries to receive the award, including Anaheim Public Library and Solano County Library. The project targets geographic areas and populations that are underserved in STEM education.
In addition to its weekly STEM programs for youth, the Chula Vista Library will offer several major NASA-themed programs in 2018 in the Innovation Station, its cutting-edge technology space that opened in 2016 in partnership with the Chula Vista Elementary School District and Qualcomm. Planned events include a Bottle Rocket Blast Off, Search for Life – Exoplanet Hunt, and a Mars Rover Drop that simulates a fragile rover landing.
“We’re pleased to connect with NASA and ALA for this project,” said Betty Waznis, Chula Vista Public Library Director. “Along with our wide array of services, materials, technology and programs for our community, we are particularly proud of our Innovation Station and our STEM learning opportunities for the public.”
NASA@ My Library partners will receive NASA STEM Facilitation Kits with tools and hands-on activities; a tablet computer pre-loaded with STEM apps, educational games and visualizations; funding for major events; a two-day NASA training workshop for staff, and more.
The project is offered by the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in partnership with ALA, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science and the Education Development Center.