Collaborators

 

IoT Peoria Illinois

IoT Peoria MeetUp brings together innovative thinkers and profound problems to find new ways to overcome many of the greatest challenges. We’re taking a deep look into the role of the Internet of Things and its effect on confronting problems, making our community and the world a better place. From education, energy, water, and health to job creation, food and agriculture, crime, and business; we’ll bring together people and technology to define how applying instrumentation and systems to our problems can redefine how we approach them.

IoT Meetup

Build A Mini Green Roof

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) was founded in 1899 and is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States, representing more than 15,000 members.  The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship. Amy has been a member since March of 2000, and has had a very successful and rewarding career in the profession but often finds that the public and young people in particular, don’t know what it means to be a landscape architect. Landscape architects analyze, plan, design, manage, and nurture the built and natural environments. Landscape architects have a significant impact on communities and quality of life. They design parks, campuses, streetscapes, trails, plazas, and other projects that help define a community.

Introduce your students to the landscape architecture profession and teach them that green roofs are one type of project that landscape architects create. This lesson takes you through the process of building a mini green roof on the lid of a shoebox and guides discussion to highlight the benefits of green roofs. Although the basic lesson is written for students K-6, alternative ways to implement the activity are also provided so it can be adapted for older students. Additional lesson plans and teacher resources are available online: https://www.asla.org/toolsforteachers.aspx

Amy Wilson, PLA, ASLA / Project Landscape Architect | FARNSWORTH GROUP100 Walnut Street, Suite 200 Peoria, IL 61602 | o 309.429.6676 | c 309.202.9658
e / awilson@f-w.com | Website / www.f-w.com

 

National Society of Black Engineers Junior (CI-NSBE Jr) & Girl Who Code

NSBE Jr. stimulates interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields or STEM. The goal is to encourage students in grades K-12 to attend college and pursue technical degrees. The program provides activities to help students discover firsthand how engineering and technology relate to the world around them and discover the excitement of academic excellence, leadership, technical development, and teamwork.  Girls Who Code is one of the many programs offered through our local junior chapter. Girls Who Code is a national program which launched almost 5 years ago and has spread across the nation rapidly. Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology.  We are one of two clubs located here in the Peoria area.

Xavier Horton, PMP®, Central IL NSBE Jr, Advisor, Lead GWC Facilitator

cinsbejr@gmail.com, http://www.cinsbejr.com, http://tricountyurbanleaguegwc.com

Cell: (512) 423-2678

 

Caterpillar Visitors Center

The Doug Oberhelman Caterpillar Visitors Center offers field trips and learning experiences for students of all ages. At our table, you will find resources to help you plan your visit, from making reservations to getting to know our facility and exhibits. The Educator Resource Guide makes it easy for educators and chaperones to plan an engaging, interactive day with students and offers tips on how to extend the experience from the classroom – to the field trip experience – and back to the classroom.

Stephanie Donahue | Visitor Services Supervisor, The Doug Oberhelman Caterpillar Visitors Center

Law and Public Policy | Global Government & Corporate Affairs Division l Caterpillar, Inc  110 SW Washington Street | Peoria IL 61629  | 309-494-1048 |  Donahue_Stephanie@cat.com

 

First Robotics

The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.  http://www.firstillinoisrobotics.org/frc/events/central-illinois-regional/

Tim Koch | Caterpillar STEM Program Manager

309-675-2992 | Koch_Timothy_W@cat.com

 

Illinois Computing Educators (ICE)

Don’t miss your chance to connect with ICE and the local ICE-HOI chapter and learn how you can network with other educators while learning more about creating an exciting and dynamic tech-integrated classroom!

Amber Heffner, Executive Director | Illinois Computing Educators | aheffner@iceberg.org

Office: 630-628-1088 | Cell: 309-221-2868                | Website: www.iceberg.org |

Twitter: @amber_heffner | https://calendly.com/aheffner_ice

 

Illinois | Odyssey of the Mind

For over 30 years, students from kindergarten through college across Illinois have been solving creative problems in Odyssey of the Mind. An international program that began in 1978, Odyssey of the Mind is the world’s premiere creative-problem solving program that encourages divergent thinking.  In Illinois, teams register each year starting in September, compete at the Illinois state tournament in late March, and then advance to the World Finals competition in May where teams from around the globe come to share their creative solutions.  The result?  A life-changing educational experience for students, their families and friends, and entire communities.

Jennifer Kamell | Central Illinois Odyssey of the Mind Contact | centralilodysseyofthemind@gmail.com  | cell: 828-776-5573 | http://mourey.wixsite.com/illinoisodyssey/aboutus

 

American Chemical Society

With nearly 157,000 members, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. A nonprofit organization, chartered by Congress, ACS is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemistry enterprise and the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe. ACS strives to be a force for good.

Support Promising Chemists – ACS is committed to developing the next generation of dynamic chemistry leaders with four core programs: Project SEED, ACS Scholars Program, Advancing Chemistry Teaching, Green Chemistry Education and Outreach

Victoria Nguyen, Outreach Chair | NCAUR | Victoria.Nguyen@ARS.USDA.GOV

 

WIU Supply Chain Management

What is Supply Chain Management (SCM)? Every person, company and government has a supply chain….so it is essential to everyone and everything. SCM is the process of delivering products and services to those who need them – worldwide. It includes supplier research, product design, purchasing, inventory policies, transportation, warehousing, dealing with risk, and anything else that is required to make the customer happy. The process is generally invisible unless it fails, but also represents as much as 70% or more of the total expenses at many companies.

The WIU degree program in Supply Chain Management (SCM) offers a unique area of concentration for undergraduate and graduate students that has garnered widespread recognition due to the quality of its graduates, winning multiple international awards and competitions. The WIU Supply Chain Management program is one of approximately 50 SCM programs worldwide that are offered through a university accredited by the Association of Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Coursework incorporates corporate best practices and hands-on experience in working with faculty and top executives and in utilizing course knowledge within the corporate environment (required internships).

Barton Jennings, Ph.D. | Professor of Supply Chain Management | College of Business & Technology | Western Illinois University | Stipes Hall 414 | 1 University Circle | Macomb, IL 61455-1390

309-298-1540 | BE-Jennings@wiu.edu | www.wiu.edu/scm

 

Arts Partners – Sculpture Walk Peoria Classroom Kits

Transforming Peoria’s Warehouse district into a year-long public art gallery, Sculpture Walk features 16 large scale sculptures crafted by sculptors from 2 countries and 9 states. #sculptpeoria

Classroom Kits will provide teachers with classroom materials to take their students through hands-on lessons in sculpture construction techniques as well as artistic concepts such as design, color, balance, and theme.

Jenn Gordon, Executive Director | Arts Partners | jgordon@artspartners.net | 309.676.2787 artspartners.net

 

Caterpillar Visitors Center

The Caterpillar Visitors Center offers field trips and learning experiences for students of all ages. At our table, you will find resources to help you plan your visit, from making reservations to getting to know our facility and exhibits. The Educator Resource Guide makes it easy for educators and chaperones to plan an engaging, interactive day with students and offers tips on how to extend the experience from the classroom – to the field trip experience – and back to the classroom.

Stephanie Donahue | Visitor Services Supervisor, Caterpillar Visitors Center

Law and Public Policy | Global Government & Corporate Affairs Division l Caterpillar, Inc

110 SW Washington Street l Peoria IL 61629  | 309-494-1048 |  Donahue_Stephanie@cat.com

 

Center for STEM Education, Bradley University

Learn about the opportunities and resources available to educators through the Resource Room maintained by the Center for STEM Education. With over 50 resource kits, the Center helps bring STEM education to life in your classroom. Stop by and check out the list of resources and the programs available for increasing inquiry opportunities in your classroom.

Sherri Morris | Co-Director of the Center for STEM Education  |  Michelle Edgcomb Friday | Science Educator | Bradley University | 1501 W. Bradley Avenue| Peoria, Illinois 61625

Phone:  309-677-3016 | email:  sjmorris@bradley.edu | http://www.bradley.edu/academic/cio/stem/

 

 

Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab

The Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab will have an electronic cutter, digital embroidery machine, and their new Watercolor Bot on display along with demo objects made in the lab as well as ideas about how to use these tools to meet classroom objectives.

Here is a handout from their exhibit:  http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/eb392/entry_12404/

Jeff Ginger | UIUC School of Information Sciences |  Director, Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab

http://cucfablab.org/ |  ginger@illinois.edu

 

Facet Technologies, Inc.

Offering sales and training on a wide variety of STEAM products such as Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and Makey Makey, Facet also provides written tutorials and project ideas. Community involvement both on- and offline is a large part of our STEAM initiative, and we work with educators to help bring their ideas to classrooms and libraries in the area.

Ellie Ford | Facet Technologies, Inc. | elford@facettech.com |(309) 353-4727

 

Forest Park Nature Center

Forest Park Nature Center offers many in-school Environmental Education Programs. You can also sign up for IDNR Resource Trunks are available through the Forest Park Nature Center, they are free resources for teachers.

Forest Park Nature Center | 5809 N. Forest Park Dr | Peoria Heights, IL 61616

Kristi Shoemaker kshoemaker@peoriaparks.org | 309-686-3360

 

Illinois Computing Educators

Don’t miss your chance to connect with ICE and the local ICE-HOI chapter and learn how you can network with other educators while learning more about creating an exciting and dynamic tech-integrated classroom!

Amber Heffner, Executive Director | Illinois Computing Educators | aheffner@iceberg.org

Office: 630-628-1088 | Cell: 309-221-2868                | Website: www.iceberg.org |

Twitter: @amber_heffner | https://calendly.com/aheffner_ice

 

Illinois | Odyssey of the Mind

For over 30 years, students from kindergarten through college throughout Illinois have been solving creative problems in Odyssey of the Mind. An international program that began in 1978, Odyssey of the Mind is the world’s premiere creative-problem solving program that encourages divergent thinking.  In Illinois, teams register each year starting in September, compete at the Illinois state tournament in late March, and then advance to the World Finals competition in May where teams from around the globe come to share their creative solutions.  The result?  A life-changing educational experience for students, their families and friends, and entire communities.

Jennifer Kamell | Central Illinois Odyssey of the Mind Contact | centralilodysseyofthemind@gmail.com  | cell: 828-776-5573 | http://mourey.wixsite.com/illinoisodyssey/aboutus

 

ISU – CENTER FOR MATHEMATICS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Smart Grid for Schools – This grant-funded program through ISU’s Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology sends kits to teachers around the state to educate about energy, the electrical grid, and home automation.

Brad Christensen | Illinois State University Center for Mathematics Science and Technology,

Campus Box 5960, 210 West Mulberry Street, Normal, IL 61790-5960

Phone: (309) 438-3089 | Fax: (309) 438-3592 | Bachris@ilstu.edu

 

Mid-Central Illinois Regional Council of Carpenters-JATC

Mid-Central Illinois Regional Council of Carpenters (MCIRCC) covers 41 counties throughout central Illinois. Our apprenticeship and training facility is located at 904 Brenkman Drive in Pekin, Illinois. Our training program combines hands-on classroom education by qualified instructors with on-the-job training. This “earn while you learn” approach gives you the opportunity to earn a good living while developing highly marketable skills…for life. This is an exciting and satisfying career.

Rob Swegle| 904 Brenkman Drive, Pekin, IL  61554                | rswegle@mcircc-jatc.com

 

NCAUR – National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research

NCAUR will be demonstrating a viscometer and explaining liquid thickness and its role in agriculture research.

Victoria Nguyen, Outreach Chair | NCAUR | Victoria.Nguyen@ARS.USDA.GOV

 

Pekin Academy of Fine Arts

The Pekin Academy of Fine Arts provides educational opportunities to participants of all ages.  Stop by to gather information about our classes (including a new STEAM series), our scholarship opportunities for youth, and talk about how we can help you support the arts in STEAM education.

Shannon Cox, Executive Director | Pekin Academy of Fine Arts | pekinacademyoffinearts@gmail.com

 

Peoria Academy of Science’s Geology Section

The Geology Section of the Peoria Academy of Science is dedicated to the study of all fields of the Earth Sciences, including geology, mineralogy, paleontology, conchology, and the lapidary arts.  Geology Section members host monthly educational programs, plan trips to collect minerals and fossils, and hold workshops to conduct in-depth studies, but they also seek to support geology education by bringing both materials and expertise into area classrooms.  Learn more about bringing a geologist into your classroom or joining us for our annual Rock, Gem, and Fossil Show at our web site: http://pasgeology.com/.

Matthew Hagaman, Educational Outreach | Peoria Academy of Science Geology Section | postmaster@pasgeology.com

 

Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum

Bring the river to your classroom with the River Box Teacher Kit.  The River box focuses on water conservation, river animals, and boats. The Science Box helps encourage little scientists with explorations in engineering, animal biology, and the human heart. Funded by PNC, these boxes have multiple interactive activities, as well as suggested outlines for lesson plans or facilitation.

Courtney M. Baxter | Education Manager | Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum

Peoria Park District | 2218 North Prospect Road | Peoria, Illinois 61603

Phone:  309-323-6896 | email:  cbaxter@peoriaparks.org | https://www.peoriaplayhouse.org/

 

Peoria Riverfront Museum

The Peoria Riverfront Museum encourages students, pre-k to university level, to experience hands-on art, science, history, and achievement. Your students will have the opportunity to see engaging exhibitions and Dome Planetarium shows, view educational films on the Giant Screen Theater, and participate in educational workshops.

Holly Johnson | Every Student Initiative/Group Tours Coordinator | Peoria Riverfront Museum

222 SW Washington Street l Peoria IL 61602 | 309.686.7000 | hjohnson@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org | www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

 

River City Labs

River City Labs will demonstrate artwork that combines elements of recycling, story development, design, 3D printing, assembly, and presentation. They will also hand out a repeatable lesson plan and have a 3D printer on display to talk through the basics of bringing one into the classroom.

Jay Babin | Director – River City Labs | rivercitylab@gmail.com

Rivercitylabs.space

 

University of Illinois Extension 

Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Counties

Science project kits provide an experiential learning opportunity for youth in our region by providing materials needed to successfully complete experiential learning science-based activities.  They can study the process of science, engineering and technology, while working as a team to ensure the success of their project.

Judy Schmidt | Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development – Metro | University of Illinois Extension | 4810 North Sheridan | Peoria, IL 61614 |  Phone: 309-685-3140 | FAX: 309-685-3397 | schmid7@illinois.edu

Emily Schoenfelder | Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development | University of Illinois Extension | 1505 Valle Vista | Pekin, IL 61554 | Phone: 309-347-6614 | FAX: 309-347-5472 | eschoe@illinois.edu

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/  

 

Wildlife Prairie Park

Wildlife Prairie Park is proud to share its mission of conservation, education, and recreation to its nearly 140,000 annual visitors. As one of the Midwest’s leading destinations, visitors from across the globe have enjoyed the beauty and wonder of Wildlife Prairie Park.

The park offers a variety of programs for a variety of age levels. They will be sharing recently developed educational materials. Wildlife Prairie Park’s Education Department Mission Statement: “To inspire an increased awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the natural heritage of Illinois.”

Calli Smith | Programming Specialist| Wildlife Prairie Park | Phone:  309-676-0998 ext 302

csmith@wildlifeprairie.org | http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/