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PA Public Libraries STEAM Based Gaming Clubs Grant Application

As a recipient of the PAsmart Advancing Grant, we are currently searching for public libraries in Pennsylvania to establish weekly gaming clubs and promote STEAM based projects on the last Saturday of each month.  Applicants do not need any gaming experience, but rather a will to help young people connect with STEAM philosophies through the gaming industry. 


Students at EGPA21 play games in the Tabletop gaming area.

VGCUSA will provide support and materials to 50 public libraries to offer this program to young people and establish real mentor/mentee relationship skills amongst the club.

Approved applicants will

  • Receive a Nintendo Starter Kit (Nintendo Switch, select Switch Games, additional set of controllers, delivery to the school)

  • Receive up to $200 in board games to begin or expand your collection

  • Receive a Streaming Kit (Logitech 922 Webcam, Podcast Kit, Green Screen Kit)

  • Receive a Streaming PC and Toolkit

  • Receive 10 Apple iPad, 3D Printer and Printing Filament

  • Receive Hummingbird Flock Kits, Micro bit Club 10 Pack, Hummingbird Bit Premium Kit 

  • Create and maintain a gaming club using the materials above which meets once a week for 2 or more hours.

  • Participate in a monthly community of practice call for club leadership to interact, discuss, and connect.  Calls take place on the first Tuesday of the month from 7-8 P.M. via Zoom.

  • Recruit members to participate in monthly STEAM based professional learning opportunity which will take place on the last Saturday of the each month and be approximately 3 hours in length.  Examples of possible STEAM Saturday events can be found here.

  • Prior to the scheduled Saturday STEAM event, participants will attend a one hour "Meet the Professional" zoom session on the last Wednesday of the month to discuss the upcoming Saturday's activities.

  • Complete and submit a monthly impact survey, based on the STEAM Saturday event.

  • Host a STEAM Summer Camp which will run 2 hours per day during the weeks of July 17th-21st, 2023 and July 15th-19th, 2024.

  • Help learners in your building cultivate relationships through gaming opportunities and promote social emotional skills through play.


Please review the VGCUSA FAQ for details about the above before applying.  Library Director must complete an authorizing signature page (document linked below) to be included with the application.

Applications will be scored using this rubric 

This project is made possible through funds received via the PAsmart Grant 2022.

Applications are due by 7 P.M. on Wednesday, May 25th, 2023.  Applicants will be notified by Monday, May 30th, 2023.  Please direct any questions to Phil Cote (, Recruitment Coordinator for the Video Game Clubs of America.

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