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Manufacturing drives big wage boost in Peoria

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(Original article by Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz of the Chicago Tribune) Peoria County saw a 24% percent jump in average weekly earnings in the first quarter of 2018, the largest among the 349 largest counties in the United States, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This increase is over six times the national average of 3.7%. In the manufacturing industry, wages rose by an astounding 61%. Hiring sprees from big companies such as Caterpillar, Komatsu, and competitors for well-paying jobs have fueled the increase. Also fueling the increase is the boom in the construction market. Bradley University's $90million investment in a new business-engineering complex certainly contributes to this boom. For more info:click here
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OSF Receives Million Dollar Gift

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[Original article by Kristin McHugh of Peoria Public Radio] Caterpillar group president Ed Rapp and his wife Ann have donated $1 million. The donation to the OSF HealthCare Foundation will support neuroscience innovation. The innovation is focused toward earlier diagnoses and improving assistive technologies. Ed Rapp was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and has focused his retirement on helping find a cure. The donation will support collaborative efforts between OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute, Jump Simulation, and University of Illinois Engineers. The efforts will seek to improve the outlook of the more than 12 million Americans projected to suffer from a degenerative or autoimmune disorder within the next 20 years.     To read more: Click Here
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An ICE Primer

An ICE Primer

Education, STEAM, Uncategorized
Original Story at iBi.com Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) is a statewide 503(c) nonprofit organization dedicated to leadership in education through technology. Formed in 1986 by a group of 30 educators, ICE has grown to more than 12,000 members, including teachers, technology coordinators, library media specialists, administrators, higher education representatives, school support staff and other stakeholders in Illinois education. It’s the state affiliate of the International Society of Technology Educators—a passionate community that believes in the power of technology to transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation, and solve tough problems in education. With 13 chapters located across Illinois, ICE provides professional development opportunities to local educators. In the Peoria area, the ICE-HOI chapter has partnered with the University of Illinois Extension office to provide content and professional development hours to educators…
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Upcoming: STEAM Resource Fair

Upcoming: STEAM Resource Fair

Education, STEAM
On Tuesday, September 11th Teacher Tuesday will be hosting a STEAM resource fair at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. At the fair, organizations from throughout the area will be invited to demonstrate programming resources that they can make available to educators. Exhibits will run from 5p.m.-6:30 p.m. Setup begins at 4:00 p.m. Each exhibitor should bring an activity that can be demonstrated for educators and examples of past work and equipment. In addition, they ask that you prepare a one or two page document that could be a lesson plan or activity description which includes where to find the materials. To get involved, email Kathie Brown at brownlk@illinois.edu. In your email, provide a one sentence description of the activity for marketing, describe your needs for power, number of tables required, etc.…
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Bradley Professors Working to Harness RF Energy

Bradley Professors Working to Harness RF Energy

Education, STEAM
(Story published by Jonathan Wright in iBi magazine) Dr. Prasad Shastry, Dr. Brian Huggins, a group of industry leaders, and Bradley graduate students are working to harness RF or radio frequency waves and convert them DC energy. All wireless devices contain small antennas and radio frequency circuits (microchips). Antennas enable the transmission and reception of signals in the air. RF circuits perform various functions such as boosting the energy in the signal. Dr. Shastry, Dr. Brian Huggins, and their students are working to harvest the energy in RF signals already present in the air, or deliberately radiated for the purpose of power transfer. This allows for wireless charging of devices. “The harvested energy can be converted to DC energy and used to charge batteries in devices located in remote areas…
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OSF Bedside STEAM Program Receives PNC Funding

OSF Bedside STEAM Program Receives PNC Funding

Education, STEAM
(Originally posted by OSF HealthCare ) The OSF HealthCare Foundation announced that Jump Simulation will receive a $400,000 grant from the PNC foundation to expand their bedside STEAM program. The grant will be paid over the next five years. The program provides STEAM education to students who are patients at OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois. The funds will support five Jump engineering interns each year, who will design a hands-on kit that will be brought right to the bedside of children in the hospital. These kits will also be available for download around the country in an effort to expand the program nationwide. Kits will include 3D printed objects and other STEAM items. "We know how important it is to introduce young minds as early as possible to math,…
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Peoria Area Company Helping to Create the Mailbox of the Future

Peoria Area Company Helping to Create the Mailbox of the Future

Robitics, STEAM
  (Originally published by iBi. Story by Ryan Lazarus and Andrew Hoerr) INTEGRIS, a Peoria area company that focuses on creating prototypes and finished products, is partnering with Valqari, a company in the southwest suburbs, to create a receiver for drone deliveries. After Amazon announced last year that they would be attempting to create a drone delivery system for package shipping, many companies began testing for drone delivery systems. Valqari, however, immediately got to work on a patent for a drone receiving system which would allow for safe and standardized drone landing spots. They interviewed several of the best firms in Chicago, but ultimately decided to partner with East Peoria’s INTEGRIS Engineering, despite the five-hour round trip for regular meetings."Valqari chose INTEGRIS for their versatile engineering capabilities across a wide range…
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Peoria Autonomous Mobility Tech Company Acquired

Peoria Autonomous Mobility Tech Company Acquired

Robitics, STEAM
(Originally published by Peoria Journal Star. Story by Matt Buedel.) More high-tech jobs appear headed to central Illinois with a Swedish firm’s announcement that it has acquired AutonomouStuff, the Morton-headquartered developer of autonomous vehicle systems. Hexagon AB, a global developer of digital solutions with an emphasis on precision measurement technology, plans to expand the AutonomouStuff presence in the Peoria area once the necessary regulatory approvals for the transaction are complete, a process that is anticipated to be finished in about 90 days. The acquisition price was not disclosed. “We are not planning on abandoning in the Peoria area — quite the opposite,” said Michael Ritter, president of Hexagon Positioning Intelligence. “We plan on expanding. We are going to stay in the Peoria area for good.” Read the full story at: http://www.pjstar.com/news/20180606/autonomoustuff-set-to-expand-with-acquisition-from-swedish-partner-hexagon
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Whittier Primary School Wins STEM Grant

Education, STEAM
(Originally published by Peoria Journal Star. Story by Chris Kaergard.) Whittier Primary School is one of 25 schools statewide that have been awarded participation in the state’s three-year Bicentennial STEM Fusion Program. The program overseen by the Illinois Math and Science Academy is a teacher development initiative for math and science. It focuses on teachers and students in grades four through eight to stimulate careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Read the whole story at: http://www.pjstar.com/news/20180522/peorias-whittier-primary-school-one-of-25-statewide-to-get-stem-grant
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