Park Forest Public Library Awarded After School Science Minors Club Grant

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—April 16, 2013. The Park Forest Public Library has been awarded a grant from the Museum of Science and Industry to participate in the Museum’s 4-year after school science minor club program.

This program aims to increase interest in science in underserved neighborhoods by engaging students in places where they already spend their time after school. Participants work together on projects and activities that build curiosity and encourage teamwork. The Science Minors Club to serve upwards of 5,000 youth each year.

Clubs are organized into four tiers – Associates, Partners, Masters and Ambassadors – that provide differing levels of support. The tiered approach is designed to give sites the confidence and skills they need to provide science experiences on their own. Sites in the highest level, Ambassadors, have been in the program at least four years.

The Museum supplied the Library with all science curriculums on topics including physics, renewable energy, engineering, health, and more. The grant includes training and on-site support along with materials for hands-on activities.

There will be a field trip and Family Day at the Museum for participating students and their families.

Grayson Stamm and Jessica Valandingham are the Library’s club instructors and will be assisted by retired teachers Penny Shnay and Nancy Dannels. The Library is accepting application from students grades 3 through 5. Classes will meet on Saturdays at different times of the day.

For more information call 708.748.3731- ex.16.