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Get ready for more STEM at the Ypsilanti District Library! A $30,000 grant from Toyota will fund Project STEM@YDL which will bring more kits, activities, and talks from experts in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. The grant, which will cover a year of programming and tools, is designed to make STEM learning accessible to everyone, and will help enhance YDL’s STEM programming across all three branches.

“The library is thrilled to partner with Toyota to augment our STEM offerings,” said YDL’s Director, Lisa Hoenig. “Through this grant we’ll acquire equipment we otherwise couldn’t afford, and our talented and creative staff will make the most of it!”

The programming will be open to all, but is especially targeted to reach K-12 students in the YDL service area (Ypsilanti Community Schools, Lincoln Consolidated Schools, and WISD). Over the year, the grant will fund:

  • Nearly 40 programs (happening multiple times a week throughout the summer) with hands-on family STEM activities, covering topics like chemical reactions, robotics, sustainability, and more.
  • After-school programs throughout the school year.
  • Monthly teen STEAM Cafes throughout the school year.
  • Large STEM equipment designed for exploratory learning to rotate between YDL branches, including a wind tunnel, magnet wall with accessories, and dino bones.
  • Four new STEM kits for each location, to be in circulation by March 2024.
  • Several large STEM programs per month, presented by community experts.

“We’re already known for our outstanding youth activities, and many more unique learning experiences are now on the way,” Hoenig said.

You can look for the new Toyota STEM logo that will mark relevant programming throughout the year, and keep an eye on YDL’s website and social media for more information as programs and tools are finalized. You’ll see it during the Summer Challenge Kickoff June 10 at Superior. Michigan Science Center will be there with 10 different STEM stations to try!

“Building strong collaborations with local organizations focused on STEM education is a key part of our commitment to preparing the careers of tomorrow,” said Jeff Makarewicz, group vice president of Technical Resources at Toyota Motor North America – Research and Development. “The Ypsilanti District Library can help us inspire and empower young minds to become the future leaders of innovation and progress.”