IPTV Education’s commitment to STEM education continues through a backpack program aimed at Iowa libraries and early learning centers. Partnering with The Coons Foundation and The Max and Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation, IPTV is able to expand its reach beyond its planned 2018-2019 Ready for School communities. “Iowa Public Television believes that anytime is a good time for learning,” said Ken Harrison, director of educational services at IPTV. “We developed the idea of backpacks filled with STEM resources that families can check out and use at home.”

The educational backpacks are being distributed statewide to participating libraries and other locations in an effort to help Iowa families do more at home with their children. STEM activities, books and PBS KIDS DVDs are included in each backpack, with activities serving children between 3 and 8 years of age. Many backpacks will be distributed to libraries, child care centers, Head Start centers and preschools across the state by the summer of 2019.

“The additional funding allowed us to expand the program to over 100 libraries across the state,” said Harrison. “We plan to continue this program in the coming years to help support quality learning in the home.”

Support for the STEM Backpack Program is provided by The Coons Foundation and The Max and Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation.


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