These graduate-level courses utilize demonstration videos to deliver on-line professional development to teachers. New courses are continuously being offered!
These curriculum materials allow students to conduct inquiry-based activities as they explore and apply concepts, leading to a greater understanding. Many of the curricula are the result of several years of work by scores of educators with nation-wide field testing and assessment.
The Monster Chopper is a kit that allows students to build a full-size motorcycle which can then be customized. It is made of plywood and held together with a few bolts. It is appropriate for grades K-12 and adults. Although it does not roll, the Monster Chopper Challenge is an exciting and engaging vehicle to teach communication, teamwork, and problem solving skills, as well as specific STEM content.
Push Car racing was a popular activity in the early 1900s. Children would be propelled around a track in a home-made car. The STEM Racing Series seeks to revive the sport by introducing “Muscle Kart” racing as a means to teach valuable knowledge and skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Over the next five years, Illinois electricity producers and distributors will be deploying Smart Grid technology across the state. Illinois State University was awarded a grant from the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF) to work with teachers and students to develop better Smart Grid and Smart Meter knowledge.
STEM Challenges are real-world projects that create opportunities for high school students to work alongside STEM professionals as mentors. Students and mentors from STEM Challenge industry partners collaborate over the course of six months to explore, create, and build innovative solutions. STEM Challenges are overseen by the Illinois Science & Technology Institute.