In response to the launching of Sputnik almost 60 years ago, the US has struggled to reform school mathematics. We've spent large sums of money on new curricula, teacher training and technology. What seems to be working, and what remains to be done?

Brenda Pacey, University of Illinois Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Affiliate Director, provides brief history of the growth of PLTW high school, middle school, elementary STEM curriculum program implementations across the state  - from 12 high schools in 2004-05 to over 200 K-12 schools and 35,000 students in 2014-15. Join us for reflections and observations about the impact of PLTW STEM participation on students.

Each year, over one million college students enroll in math classes that do not count towards degree credit and serve to delay their time to graduation and use up resources. This talk provides a brief introduction to the major issues and trends related to these pre-college level math classes and then outlines a current effort to help accelerate students through these classes. This will include initial data from a study examining student experiences in this class.

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.

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, 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. 

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.

This week the group will learn about power and energy curriculum designed by TCIPG Education. The print materials and interactive activities teach about power and energy in the home and the system that produces and delivers electricity. Interactive activities illustrate challenges, trade-offs and decisions that will come with the modernization of the electric grid.


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