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Science Kits for Public Libraries

A program of the IEEE-Chicago Section, “Science Kits for Public Libraries” seeks to make STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning available for children regardless of race, gender, or income. Understanding that not all children have access to high quality science educations due to underfunding, resource allocations, poverty, or any other social or economic condition, the Science Kits for Public Libraries program raises capital to provide grants to public libraries to purchase science kit collections and offer them as a lending service to their communities just like a book.

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Nine year-old Leila had already checked out the Simple Machines kit and enjoyed it so much that during another trip to the library, she asked her mother if she could check out another. “Pleeeeease, Mom?!” While talking with her children’s librarian, Leila also said “I love science and math, and math is cool!” She also made it known that she enjoyed both the books and the activities that come with the kits. The family, pictured here as they check out another kit, are frequent users of the Rogers Park branch.SKFL Leila family
SKFL circuits kit“As a teacher and grandparent, I enjoyed and Appreciated working with my children with the Electricity and Circuits Discovery Pack. It is a colorful and easy to use set of Materials that all elementary school age children can use and have fun learning. They can read the included books, but the materials will help them discover circuitry without reading directions.”
“My 7 1/2 year old son checked out the Bridge Discovery pack and he loved it! He followed the directions from the K’nex booklet and only needed help with a few pieces. Once the first "easy" model was built, he was ready for the higher challenge — the drawbridge. It was awesome!”SKFL bridge kit

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The IEEE-Chicago Section Fund was established in 2009 as a restricted fund of the IEEE Foundation. This non-profit 501 3c Fund operates under the umbrella of the IEEE Foundation which is responsible for the administration of the Fund. While the funds are managed by the IEEE Foundation, the Chicago Section Executive committee controls the distribution of funds. Donations made to the Chicago Fund are tax deductible.

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