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About the Fall Series

We will be building robots with Lego Mindstorm and Lego Spike and coding them through various challenges. Plus, we have a lineup of engaging STEM activities focused on machinery and coding.

  • PNGZ (9th-12th): Mondays 3-5pm • September 25 – October 30
  • PNGA (5th-8th): Wednesdays 3-5pm • September 27 – November 1

About PNG

Project Next Generation (PNG) is a free afternoon STEM/STEAM program for grades 5-12. PNGers gain exposure to the arts, sciences, and technology through a variety of interdisciplinary projects that engage all senses and address all learning styles. Guidance and encouragement is provided by mentors and subject specialists as students solve challenges while developing a peer network.

Workshops include time for PNGers to relax, have a snack, play games, and socialize; to accommodate PNGers’ varied schedules, focused project work generally occurs during the middle hour of PNG, with the first and last 30 minutes reserved for such free time activities as well as arrival, pickup, etc. All supplies and an afternoon snack are provided. Unless otherwise noted, workshops take place in the Library Meeting Room. Registration is required.

There are two sections of PNG, divided by grade level, which meet on different days:

PNG A (Grades 5-8) on Wednesdays

PNG Z (Grades 9-12) on Mondays

Now for Grades 5-12!

For the 2022-2023 fiscal year, Carbondale Public Library (CPL) is pleased to announce its largest award of $38,060 from Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White for Project Next Generation (PNG). PNG grants provide for mentors to work with students to develop technological and life skills. PNG has been an integral part of CPL’s youth programming since the inception of the grant program, and this year marks an exciting addition. CPL’s 2023 PNG grant, PNG from A-to-Z, broadens the program initiative by offering STEM/STEAM workshops to high schoolers for the first time.


PNG Director Mr. Quinn Vana •

Funding for this grant was awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).
Project Next Generation – Illinois State Library

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