Spring 2015

MSTE Friday Lunches are paused indefinitely, but you can still find historical archives, including videos, on this site.

There will be no MSTE Friday Lunch on Friday, March 6, 2015

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2008, pledging to be carbon neutral by 2050. One part of the overall Climate Action Plan is to increase the use of renewable energy generation for our campus power requirements. This presentation will review the progress toward increased use of renewables for our campus, and discuss current efforts underway.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment is the new standardized test to be used in all Illinois k-12 schools starting this Spring. It will used to assess mathematics and language arts at all grade levels from 3 - 8 and once in high school. The assessment is not without controversy. Come to the pizza lunch this Friday and find out why. Try your hand at a few sample items from the math portion. Learn about the development and implementation of the assessment.

Learn how to create a simple 3D printer made from an office projector and common objects. Participants will print small plastic objects to take home, and resource links will be provided to anyone interested in making their own 3D printer. We will also discuss how to borrow the 3D printing equipment for use in classrooms.

This presentation will provide an overview of the Raspberry PI computing platform and some of its implications for transforming education.


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