The Goleta Valley Library has been awarded a $5,500 Library Services and Technology Act grant to develop STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) kits for all ages in Goleta and the Santa Ynez Valley.
The award, which is administered by the state library, will allow staff to create two kits — Sun-Earth-Moon Connections and Be a NASA Detective: Expanding Your Senses. The kits contain materials and supplies needed for activities to introduce and reinforce STEM concepts.
This project is called “Reach for the Stars.”
“I’m a huge fan of NASA and so excited that the Goleta Valley Library has this opportunity to work with such a great organization to bring STEM activities to the kids in our area,” said Goleta Valley Library Director Allison Gray in a news release.
The Reach for the Stars project will address the need for STEM learning in the community, particularly among underserved populations within the libraries’ service area.
The Reach for the Stars kits will be available at the Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries starting this summer for either virtual or in-person programming, per the extent of library services offered at that time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More details will be announced this spring.
— Gerry Fall