Pre K students learning with iPadsMinnesota Department of Education State Library Services awarded a $9,098 grant to Zanewood Community School and a $68,890 grant to our four Osseo Area middle schools to improve access to library services and build students’ 21st century skills.

Each of our four middle schools (Brooklyn STEAM, Maple Grove, North View and Osseo) will now have an engagement and creation center where students can print on a 3D printer, build a robot, use modeling software, practice computer programming and coding, produce a multimedia project, and much more. These creation centers will allow students to move beyond writing papers and taking tests – they will have the opportunity to create something while practicing critical thinking skills, collaborating with others, and developing real-world problem-solving skills.

Through this grant, Zanewood Community School will be able to develop reading materials and lesson plans rooted in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) for pre-K students.

Students will be able to take home backpacks filled with activities and resources students can use at home with their families to help reinforce what they are learning in the classroom and in the media center. The target? To prepare pre-K students to be successful in kindergarten.

“We are so excited to be able to offer these new opportunities for our students,” Andi Bodeau, digital learning and instructional media coordinator for Osseo Area Schools. “This grant will help provide high-quality digital learning opportunities for students who might not have had access to them before.”

For more information about the Minnesota Department of Education’s Library Services and Technology Act and additional grant information, please visit this site. These grants were made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Department of Education through a Library Services and Technology Act [LS-00-17-0024-17] grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.