PHOENIX – The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, awarded three bundles of first-generation maker and STEM materials to three public libraries located in smaller Arizona communities. The purpose of the grant is to give community members the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering, and math using items such as a 3D printer, VR headsets, and STEM-based educational tools.
The three recipient libraries are Apache Junction Public Library, Safford City-Graham County Library, and Salt River Tribal Library. The maker and STEM materials will be used during Saturday and after-school programs for children as well as in a makerspace with a focus on industrial design and renewable energy.
"At a time when libraries are working under unprecedented circumstances, it is imperative that they have the right tools to train the next generation of innovators," said Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.
"Throughout the pandemic, librarians have risen to the challenge and have continued finding creative and informative opportunities for informal STEM education. As libraries are able to offer in-person activities again, we look forward to seeing these materials put to use in programming and makerspaces," said Holly Henley, State Librarian and Director of Library Services, Archives and Public Records.
The Technology Plus materials were originally purchased with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.