Sioux Falls, SD — On September 15, 2016 the Institute and Museum Library Services (IMLS) announced $21 Million was awarded through its largest museum grant program to help museums improve service to the public.

The Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science will receive $24,500 in funding from the IMLS Museums for America Grant program. With the awarded grant funds, the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science will formalize and grow their Community Learning Center’s Teacher Circle program, which provides area educators a synergistic and unique opportunity to effectively integrate STEAM education into their curriculum. The program will encourage the use of museum services and resources to help create effective STEAM lessons for K-12 students.

The training program will strengthen the quality of teachers’ educational methods and materials to ultimately promote the integration of STEAM lessons in schools across the Sioux Falls region. The Teacher Circle program strives to increase teachers’ ability to bring high-quality lesson plans to the classroom, provide students the opportunity to engage with more meaningful STEAM material, and enable the Washington Pavilion and the Community Learning Center to grow its educational impact in the region.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

The Washington Pavilion is the region’s home for the arts, entertainment and science; and it is located in downtown Sioux Falls. For information about the programs, please call (605) 367-7397 or, (toll free) at 1-877-Wash Pav or visit website at www.washingtonpavilion.org

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