Champaign Schools Awarded $250,000.00 Illinois Mathematics And Science Partnership Grant

Fri, 02/17/2006 - 12:00am

State Superintendent Randy J. Dunn announced the award of a $250,000.00 Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant to the Champaign Unit #4 School District last month. Champaign School officials will seek to renew the grant for an additional two years to receive the maximum award of $750,000.00 for three years.

The grant was awarded to support the collaborative partnership between Champaign Central and Champaign Centennial’s High Schools math, science and technology departments and, the University of Illinois Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department, Engineering department, Nano-CEMMS, Education for Employment System #330, Educational Dividends, Parkland Community College, and Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory. 

The content focus of the grant is designed to develop students’ scientific inquiry and problem-solving skills, while encouraging participation in engineering design.  Participants will apply current content and trends in Nano-technology to instruction, design curricular materials integrated with real-world applications and, learn how to apply research principles to the education process. 

 The focus of the partnership is to creatively involve underrepresented groups in STEM courses and career and, develop ongoing, cross-disciplinary collaborations with experts, researchers, and practitioners.  For more information contact Fred Clarke, Director of Information and Instructional technology for Champaign Unit #4 Schools at 217-351-3756. 

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