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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 johnzulaski@ieee.org.

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 johnzulaski@ieee.org.
  • 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 johnzulaski@ieee.org.
  • 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
johnzulaski@ieee.org