Seattle Public Library and partners University of Washington, Pacific Science Center, and Highline Native Education, will be featured in the 2018 STEM for ALL Video Showcase, funded by the National Science Foundation. The event will be held online May 14-21 at

All members of the public are invited to visit the STEM for ALL website and vote for the videos that exemplify innovations in STEM education.

The featured video Robotics and E-Textiles Backpacks for Family Learning summarizes the ongoing NSF-funded work between the Library and collaborators to foster engineering learning using storytelling, robotics, and e-textiles with families in the community. Through a series of workshops called TechTales, families engage in playful and creative interactions to connect important family stories and experiences with contemporary technologies such as the Hummingbird Robotics Kit and Scratch.  

"Creating space for learners of all ages to link their cultural experiences and family histories to engineering, science, and computer programming can deepen learning, especially when done through storytelling,” said Amy Twito, SPL’s Informal Learning Program Manager and Co-Principal Investigator on the project. “That’s why the Library is so excited to be part of this project and to share this work in the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase."

Now in its fourth year, the annual video showcase will feature over 200 innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching, which have been funded by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies. During the weeklong event researchers, practitioners, policy makers and members of the public are invited to view the short videos, discuss them with the presenters online, and vote for their favorites.