Piscataway Public Library Awarded Grant from Cognizant under the ‘Making the Future’ Initiative for the Second Year in a Row

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 11:45am

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Piscataway Public Library Awarded Grant from Cognizant under the ‘Making the Future’ Initiative for the Second Year in a Row

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- For the second year in a row, Piscataway Public Library has been awarded a grant from Cognizant under the “Making the Future” initiative. This year, Piscataway was one of only 54 sites in the United States and one of only 3 sites in New Jersey awarded the grant. The grant, which aims at promoting learning opportunities that are both inspiring and fun, provides children and teens the opportunity to receive STEM education over the summer free of charge at the library.

STEM - which stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - has been receiving much needed attention due to a gap in STEM education and a large demand for STEM job opportunities in the future. Developing a qualified and competent 21st century workforce depends on cultivating and developing interest in these fields among our children and teens.

Piscataway Public Library ran a successful 8-week Maker Camp last year for grades 4-12 with over 224 total attendees. This year, Piscataway hopes to exceed the number of registrants with the inclusion of programs for 3rd graders. Piscataway will be offering 24 project builds covering a wide range of mediums including electronics, robotics, art design, astronomy, wood & leather working, and more.

The Maker Camp will run from June 22, 2015  to August 14, 2015. Participants will have the opportunity to register for a maximum of two programs in each registration cycle. Registration for weeks 1-4 begins on June 1, 2015. Registration for weeks 5-8 begins July 6, 2015.

For more information, visit http://piscatawaylibrary.org/miy