The Scottsboro Chapter of the America Association of University Women (AAUW) is the recipient of a Two-Year Community Action Grant.

AAUW has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 188, working together to improve the lives of millions of women and their families.

The Scottsboro AAUW organization has partnered with The Scottsboro Public Library and their DEWEY STEAM Lab to provide STEAM activities to students throughout Jackson and Scottsboro City Schools. Funding received from the grant allows both organizations to visit classrooms and provide hands-on learning experience in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and math.

“Being a recipient of this grant is a wonderful thing not only for our club but for our community,” said Mary K. Carlton, Scottsboro AAUW chapter president. “We are looking forward to opportunities we can bring youth in our area as a result.”

The grant is split up over a two-year term that allows that club to visit the schools and take robotics kits and more that the library has to offer.

“The Scottsboro Public Library is thrilled to be working with AAUW on this project,” said Laura Pitts, library director. “We are fortunate through various grant funding projects to have built up a state of the art STEAM Lab with many different fun learning activities. Our goal now is to get these activities into the school system so teachers and students can enjoy learning from them.”

  Community Action Grants provide funds to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls.

Some of the items in the STEAM Lab include Code N Go Mouse sets, Dash and Dot Robot sets, Makey Makeys, Osmo sets, Cozmo robot sets, 3-D Doodle Pens, Ozobots, Snap Circuit sets and much more.

Teachers who would like AAUW and the library to visit their classroom for STEAM Learning should contact Laura Pitts at 256-574-4335 or email at publiclibraryscottsboro@gmail.com

 AAUW Branch in Scottsboro will celebrate its 60th birthday at its first meeting of the year on Sept. 17th at 6 p.m. at Fifty Taters in Scottsboro. Membership is open to anyone with an associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university. For more information contact Mary K. Carlton at 256 566 9422.         .        

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