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Library association offers grant for tech exhibit


The American Library Association Public Programs Office in partnership with the National Center for Interactive Learning at Space Science Institute, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the National Girls Collaborative Project announces a new traveling exhibition opportunity for public libraries.

Eight public libraries will be selected to host an interactive exhibition called Discover Tech:

Engineers Make a World of Difference.

Public libraries in rural areas and those serving rural populations and underserved groups are especially invited to apply. The deadline is May 1, 2012.

Discover Tech will tour from September 2012 to June 2014, visiting each of the eight selected sites for a period of eight weeks. The exhibition requires approximately 750 square feet of space for optimal display.

Each site will be awarded a grant of $1,000 to support public programs related to the exhibition. Through exciting interactive elements and displays, visitors to the Discover Tech traveling exhibition will realize that engineers are real people who, through a creative and collaborative design process, arrive at practical solutions to help solve society's problems in the US and throughout the world.

Visitors will become familiar with the National Academy of Engineering's 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering and critical issues that must be addressed in the 21st century.

Visitors will also learn about the fundamental principles of energy, become aware of their own energy use, and understand the impact of engineering on societies over time and place.

More information is available at