The Insitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)--Chicago Section is offering grants of $2000 to public libraries in the Midwest to create science kits that provide experiments for use by students and educators. The Mount Prospect Public Library in Illinois did a pilot project of creating these kits--you can check here for a news video about their project.
For more information about the project, application requirements, etc., you can check the IEEE's website, or send an email to Amy Killebrew at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted between October 1 and November 15.
I am considering applying for a grant to create kits here to lend out to libraries to use with homeschool groups, after school programs, and the like. Do you think this is a good idea?? We'd do some training on how to use the kits as part of the project.
Let me know what you think! I won't go to the trouble of applying for the grant if I don't hear from you that this is a good idea.