Welcome to the website for the project, Youth STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Learning by Making in Libraries and Museums, funded by the 2014 IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) Laura Bush 21st Century Program Early Career Development Grant ($354,367). This is an ongoing research project and will be concluded in May 2018. This project is led by Dr. Kyungwon Koh (Principal Investigator), Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies.

The project has been conducted in multiple Learning Labs funded by IMLS/the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation across the country, as well as our partner schools in Norman Public Schools in OK. The research aims to extend the current knowledge on how teens learn in informal learning spaces in libraries and museums, often referred to as Makerspaces and Learning Labs, and how to best facilitate their learning by making.

The website will continuously be updated, so please visit again! If you have any questions or comments on the project, contact Dr. Kyungwon Koh at kkoh@ou.edu.

Last update on May 2017


This project was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Early Career Development program [RE-07-14-0048-14] and the University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences Junior Faculty Fellowship.

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