Fall 2014

The Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab is a small-scale workshop for computer-based innovation, design and fabrication. The Fab Lab allows you to dream up, design and make almost anything you can imagine using open source software and DIY equipment.   (http://cucfablab.org)

Learn about the Fab Lab's local and statewide outreach projects to promote youth engagement, innovation, and entrepreneurship.


Morgan Johnston, the Associate Director of Sustainability at Facilities and Services, will present the draft recommendations for revisions to the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP). The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment is seeking public comments and input to the draft recommendations, and the 2015 iCAP is scheduled for Chancellor approval in spring 2015.


NetMath is an online distance learning program of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

On November 7th, the NetMath crew will give a brief introduction of the NetMath program, followed by a discussion on mentoring in NetMath and the Partner High School Program.


Kenwood Elementary in Champaign Unit 4 embraced the mission of technology and literacy for the community less than 18 months ago.   With strong partnerships, and a dedicated staff, they are re-envisioning educational experiences for students and families.  Explore how educators are engaging students, teachers, and the community using code.org, computational thinking lesson planning, unplugged activities, the collaborative framework, Etoys & Scratch, and Community Tech Time.


Kerris Lee is a local entrepreneur who has been active in the Ctrl-Shift University-Community Collaboration. For the past year, he has served on the Champaign Unit 4 School Board. Kerris will share his experience navigating policy mandates, innovation in schools, collaborations, partnerships and community input challenges. 


There will be no MSTE Friday Lunch on Friday, December 12, 2014.


There will be no MSTE Friday Lunch on Friday, November 28, 2014.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


There will be no MSTE Friday Lunch on Friday, November 21, 2014.


Educators are always talking about "what mathematicians really do." Fact is, they do lots of very different things, most of which require technical vocabulary and a lot of mathematical background

Around 1890, Georg Cantor invents a theory of infinite sets and shocks the mathematical world. Luckily, this theory is not only genuinely elegant, but doesn't require much background. So, it's a wonderful example for both high school teachers and students to show at least what some mathematicians do or have done.


 Innovation is critical to the advancement of our communities, state and society.  Yet, relatively little is done to encourage innovation among our youth.  We will talk about our “Celebrating High School Innovators” project. The project will identify, describe, and celebrate 100 of the most innovative high school students in the state of Illinois. Our long-term goal is to change how the University of Illinois and Illinois High Schools understand and encourage innovative students.


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