Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums

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Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums: As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, a workforce possessing 21st century skills becomes more clearly vital to ensuring U.S. competitiveness in a global economy. To ensure that the workers of tomorrow are learning the skills they need today, the Obama Administration is dedicated to making improvement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education a national priority. President Obama has launched the "Educate to Innovate" campaign, a nationwide effort to bring American students to the forefront in science and math achievement. The President has acknowledged that, while federal leadership is necessary, a real change in education and the development of the skills needed for the future require the participation of many elements of society, through private sector and philanthropic support as well as public-private partnerships. To that end, on September 16, 2010, IMLS and the MacArthur Foundation announced a national partnership to create a network of up to 30 youth Learning Labs in libraries and museums across the country. Inspired by an innovative teen space at the Chicago Public Library called YOUmedia (http://youmediachicago.org/) and the innovations already taking place in science and technology centers, these labs will help young people become makers and creators of content, rather than just consumers of it. This network of Learning Labs will use best practice principles, based on research and evidence in the field of youth digital learning, to engage youth in 21st century skills and effective STEM education. The Labs will be spaces for experimentation for young people to engage with digital and traditional media to promote creativity, critical thinking, and hands-on, interest-based learning.
Federal Grant Title: Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums
Federal Agency Name: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Grant Categories: Arts Education Humanities
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: LABS-FY11
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 45.312
CFDA Descriptions: National Leadership Grants
Current Application Deadline: Feb 28, 2011
Original Application Deadline: Feb 28, 2011
Posted Date: Jan 18, 2011
Creation Date: Jan 18, 2011
Archive Date: Mar 30, 2011
Total Program Funding:
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $750,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $0
Expected Number of Awards:
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
Please see RFP for specific eligibility information.
Link to Full Grant Announcement
Information not provided
Grant Announcement Contact
Abigail Swetz, Program Specialist Office of Strategic Partnerships Telephone: (202) 653-4692

aswetz@imls.gov [aswetz@imls.gov]
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