Learn how innovative libraries are adding an online component to STEM programs and how to compliment and augment existing Maker and hands-on STEM technology. Hear what is working best at libraries, and how they are receiving an amazing reception of their new programs and services from their community including parents, students, and their Mayor.
Background: Online Learning Helps Libraries Address Key System Gaps:
The world is changing fast, and so is the job market – 42% of Canadian’s aged 20-29 are underemployed and living with their parents. But traditional education isn’t keeping up and parent awareness is very low. There are incredible opportunities for youth with STEM skills – 90% of top professions require STEM skills. Libraries play a key role – it truly “takes a village!” Online educational tools can help assess, educate, guide, and motivate students to improve their skills in critical STEM areas and ultimately succeed. The best part is that they can be quickly and easily integrated into EXISTING programs.
Key Benefits for Participants
- Increase student engagement by adding an online component to STEM Programs
- Compliment and augment existing Maker and hands-on STEM technology currently available in libraries
- Quickly match curated online learning packages to any existing STEM program, by grade, subject, and topic
- Promote student-centric, self-paced learning (accelerated, homework help, or review)
- Enable parent-child learning engagement via their local library
- Extend learning well beyond library programs and operating hours