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The St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy is an educational outreach program targeted at underrepresented fourth and fifth grade students. In this presentation Joseph Gamez, Program Director, will give a brief history of Brady STEM Academy and reflect on his experiences doing STEM outreach--particularly its impact on students and their families as well as on himself.


Ctrl-Z is a five year old local high school robotics team drawing students from nine different schools in the greater Champaign-Urbana area. We compete in the annual First Robotics Competition, the highest division of the FIRST organization. Ctrl-Z works hard with our community to develop recognition for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).


Our mathematical understanding of biology from the physiological to ecosystem level has taken off in the last 30 years. Ecologists currently use this knowledge simply to describe natural systems and explain observations, but can we go a step further? Can we utilize our mathematical understanding of nature to design or engineer a better ecosystem? What would we want this better system to do for us and what would it look like? Can we actually optimize the system for these desired traits?


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. 


Samantha Lindgren will be talking with us about the virtues of Integrated Secondary Science and her current NSF proposal to increase students' exposure to engineering practices.


Marc Snir will talk about what supercomputers are used for, how they have evolved over time, how a modern supercomputer looks like, and what are key research problems in the design of future supercomputers. 


From the Speaker:

World problems and the need for human expertise to solve those problems demand more creativity.  Opportunities abound for the individual who can integrate creative thinking skills with critical thinking skills. The creative imperative and the creative opportunity urge us to improve creativity education for students.  We can help students become more creative, and as a result we can enhance their personal satisfaction and their abilities to solve the pressing problems of our times.


iFoundry is transforming engineering education for the 21st century. Dr. Price will describe the program and answer questions.


U of I students Steve Granda & Ariel Moctezuma will share information with the group on their project "The Power of Control: Energy-Efficient Buildings".


Join us for our MSTE Friday Lunch this week with Bill Hammack, the Engineer Guy. He will talk about his 2nd and 3rd series of EngineerGuy videos. He'll update the talk he gave at the CITES Brown Bag - looking into the question do YouTube viewers like silly or series videos? He'll talk only a little about production, focusing more on how the videos can be used to support supplemental educational material and also how to monetize the videos so they can be self-funding.


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