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.

In this informal session, staff from the Center for Education in Small Urban Communities will talk briefly about their organization, the work they do in schools, and the opportunities for collaboration with mathematics, science and technology education projects.

Barbara Hug will be joining the group to present on Project NEURON (Novel Education for Understanding Research on Neuroscience).

Ray Price will be speaking to us about Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education (iFoundry). Ray will describe iFoundry as a curriculum incubator and will explore the activities (both successes and failures).  He will discuss the current areas of emphasis and the potential future opportunities. 

Teaching students about the nature of science is a goal set out by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), but this goal can be a challenge to meet in the classroom. Project NEURON developed a curriculum unit on microbial ecology which opens with a lesson to help address this challenge. In the lesson, students work in groups to examine how models of the tree of life have changed throughout history. The activity supports exploration of concepts such as: new technologies advance science, science is subject to change based on new evidence, and science is a result of human endeavors.


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