ProjectNext Generation Grant

The Brimfield Public Library has been awarded the Project Next Generation Grant by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White for the second year in a row.

University of Illinois Extension staff in the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit are collaborating with River City Labs, Caterpillar STEM Outreach, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, and Champaign-Urbana Fab Lab to provide engaging and interactive events and discussions focused around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and how educators and out-of-school time providers can implement new ideas in their programming.

Few trends in K-12 ed tech are as hot—or as under-researched—as "Maker" education.

The term generally refers to using a wide variety of hands-on activities (such as building, computer programming, and sewing) to support academic learning and the development of a mindset that values playfulness and experimentation, growth and iteration, and collaboration and community.