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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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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