Libraries Can Apply for Infy Makers Award

The 2019 Infy Makers Award, which gives $10,000 grants to 10 organizations to expand maker opportunities to K–12 students, is open for entries. But hurry, the contest closes February 21.

Does your organization provide maker programming for kids and teens? It might be eligible for the Infy Makers Award. The annual contest, which bestows $10,000 grants to 10 organizations toward expanding maker opportunities for K–12 students, is open for entries. But you’d better hurry—the contest closes February 21.

A panel of judges, including maker educators, will be looking for innovative approaches to maker education, according to the contest site. Sustainability of the proposed program is also a required element of the contest, an initiative of the Infosys Foundation.

Entrants must be U.S. based and youth-serving nonprofit organizations and institutions, including libraries and K–12 schools.

The entry is primarily comprised of a video, no longer than 90 seconds. The clip should describe the organization, involvement with maker-centered learning and how an Infy Maker Award would expand opportunities for students to engage in making.

Winners of the 2018 Infy Makers Award included two libraries: Boulder Public Library, used the grant to involve underserved high school students in the Boulder Library Makerspace, and Keene (NH) Public Library, earned the money to help kids ages 10 to18 practice civic hacking through making.

Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PT on February 21.

 

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Kathy Ishizuka

Kathy Ishizuka (kishizuka@mediasourceinc.com, @kishizuka on Twitter) is the Executive Editor of School Library Journal.

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