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Dear IEEE Chicago Section Members,

Science Kits for Public Libraries (SKPL), a project of IEEE-Chicago, engages children in a lifelong pursuit of scientific discovery regardless of their circumstances.
In 2017, over $10,000 was raised for grant awards. Another $20,000 was provided by S&C Electric Company for Discovery Packs that are now available at over 50 Chicago Public Library Branch locations. Chicago Section members can be instrumental in providing children access to fun, high-quality science education.

Want to get involved?

Offer Your Services

  • Assist your local public library in applying for the SKPL Grant. Some libraries lack the staff, expertise, or time to apply. But with your assistance, a circulating science kit collection could become a reality for your community. SKPL Grant applications will be accepted between November 1, 2018 and January 19, 2019. Find out more here.
  • Get involved with your library’s in-house STEM programs. Talk to the Youth Services staff to find out about your library’s STEM volunteer opportunities.
  • Join the SKPL Team. Give your time by volunteering to become part of the SKPL Team. Contact

Share Your Abundance

The SKPL Grant Program is funded entirely through donations. The number of grants awarded annually is directly dependent on the generosity of Chicago Section members.
Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Do you work for a company that has a foundation? Find out if they are interested in providing support. Contact the SKPL Team for assistance with writing grant applications. Contact
  • Does your company hold charity events? Find out if the SKPL Project could become a beneficiary.
  • Celebrate or remember someone special. Let us help you create a memorial that leaves a lasting legacy in STEM education. Contact
  • Make a tax-deductible donation. Take advantage of your company’s matching donation, if offered Donate to the Fund

Contact us for more information about how to get involved and make a lasting impact on children’s lives by inspiring them to consider engineering as a career.

Best regards,

John Zulaski
Director, IEEE Chicago Section,
Science Kits for Public Libraries Project