August 31, 2014

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SLJ and LEGO Education Launch Library Design Competition

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SLJ and LEGO Education join forces for the “Build Something Bold” award.

School Library Journal and LEGO Education have announced the inaugural 2014 “Build Something Bold” Library Design Award, an education design awards initiative seeking to spotlight school libraries or classrooms that have successfully implemented creative use of education space and learning programs—and the integration of the two—to better serve literacy, STEM learning objectives and creative problem solving.

With the undeniable shift in education toward digital classrooms, STEM education and the adaption of Core Curriculum State Standards (register for the April 1, SLJ webcast on CCSS), the needs of classrooms and libraries are swiftly evolving and, at best, must reinvent themselves in order to better serve students, families, and communities.

Winners will receive:

Grand Prize – $5,000 cash award, a profile in SLJ’s November print issue and a LEGO Education StoryStarter Classroom set with software and curriculum.

1st Runner Up – $1,500

2nd Runner Up – $500

Editor’s Choice – $500

The Building Something Bold award seeks to recognize libraries and classrooms that are using their resources effectively to engage students and have been able to encourage multiple literacies—from basic reading skills to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) knowledge—and are able to demonstrate effective use. Stay tuned for updates on opening and closing dates for submissions and guidelines in the upcoming weeks.



  1. Judy Houser says:

    This is so exciting. We are in the process of developing a Maker Space in our school library. We will have lego systems, raspberry pis, Makey Makey, and all kind of cool “stuff” for our students to “think and tinker” with. I am very interested in seeing how other librarians are incorporating STEM activities into their programs. Judy Houser, Librarian, Holy Triniity Episcopal Academy, Melbourne, FL

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