Learning Labs Project

The Learning Labs Project, an initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation was first announced in September 2010, in answer to President Obama's "Educate to Innovate" campaign, which called on public and private sector partners to work together to improve America’s students’ participation and performance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). With a combined commitment of $4 million, the MacArthur Foundation and IMLS have pledged to work together to create up to 30 new Learning Labs in libraries and museums for teens using the inspiration of the YOUmedia model at the Harold Washington Library Center of the Chicago Public Library, as well as the innovative experimentation spaces found in museums and science centers across the country. This exciting Learning Labs project builds on current research on how teens learn through new media and on the national work being conducted on 21st century skills and the needs of the new workforce in America.

Here are the official press releases from the first and second rounds of Learning Labs Project funding. 

To read more about the Learning Labs Project, click here: http://www.imls.gov/about/learning_labs.aspx