STAR Net’s STEAM Equity Project Pre-Application Webinar

1 hour

This free webinar is for library workers interested in bringing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programming to their libraries.

Join us to learn more about the STAR Library Network’s STEAM Equity Project, a grant offering that will help public library workers in small and rural communities offer outstanding, culturally responsive STEAM programming and exhibitions for their patrons, especially often-underreached Latino populations.

Twelve public libraries will receive $15,000 over four years (winter 2020 – summer 2024) to participate in professional development activities, support community partnerships and purchase STEAM learning materials.

In this session, you will meet the STEAM Equity project partners, learn about the project timeline and how to apply to become a participating library, and learn about STEAM programming that you can bring to your library today.

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This project will have a unique two-step application process: we are asking interested libraries to submit a short Notice of Intent (NOI) now to determine eligibility and a full application later in the year.

The STEAM Equity Project is offered by the ALA Public Programs Office and Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, in collaboration with the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (project lead), Twin Cities PBS (TPT) and their SciGirls program, the Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI), and the Educational Development Center (EDC).  

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Get the information they need to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) with confidence.
  • Learn about resources to build a STEAM Equity application.
  • Get resources for STEAM programming and community engagement that they can use right away.


  • Lainie Castle, project director, ALA Public Programs Office
  • Keliann Laconte, professional development manager, National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute
  • B.B. Browne, program coordinator, ALA Public Programs Office
  • Brooks Mitchell, education coordinator, National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute
  • Kristin Pederson, STEM project development and communications, SciGirls
  • Niki Becker, STEM media and education specialist, SciGirls