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Supporting Technology

District 205 is committed to using technology as an important learning tool across the board to prepare students for their future. STEM curriculum is focused on using existing math and science standards, delivering instruction through the engineering design process, and utilizing technology as the tool to integrate them all together seamlessly. The Foundation Board understands the importance of supporting this approach to education as we strive to best prepare District 205 students to move into higher education and/or careers in this current educational and employment environment.

  • 2012: Provided sponsorship for York's STEM day
  • 2013 & 2014: $29,530 in funding for data loggers that are utilized in science and math at all three middle schools.
  • 2014: Received a $25,000 IL Dept of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Grant and combined it with additional Foundation funds for a total of $29, 257 to provide a Media:scape Learning Lab for York High School. This is currently housed in the Lincoln Lab at York.
  • 2015: Support for Chromebook roll out and progress to 1:1 learning by funding three Chromebook carts for the middle schools at $26,559.
  • 2015: Provided  an $18,000 grant to York  in order to help financially challenged families identified through the YSET process purchase Chromebooks for their students.

Nova 5000 STEM Signature Project

 

The Foundation's 2013/2014 Signature Project supported District 205’s STEM curriculum and instruction by funding close to $30,000 for Nova 5000 dataloggers and probes for middle school students to help prepare them for the challenges of high school math and science.

 These technological devices with probe attachments enable the students to collect a variety of data, manipulate it and transfer it to software – all in one machine. These award-winning devices have been used in science classes both nationally and internationally with great success (click here to view videos). The NOVA5000:

  • Allows students to conduct research, analyze data and solve problems through hands on inquiry-based approaches
  • Transforms the traditional teacher-centered classroom
  • Encourages curriculum driven by inquiry based problem solving, discovery and exploratory learning
  • Requires students to actively engage a situation in order to find its solution

The academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in connection with a balanced curricular approach, are critical components of innovation that will prepare students to function successfully in our rapidly changing world.  

 


Click Here for more about District 205 STEM Curriculum & Instruction

Click Here for Talk205 Special Report: An Update On STEM

Nova 5000 PROJECT UPDATE

According to Dave Beedy, District 205 STEM Coordinator, our middle school science teachers will continue to receive professional development this year to ensure that full advantage of the capabilities of the NOVA 5000 are realized as students use them as a learning tool. The NOVAs are portable, stand-alone computerized devices that utilize a variety of sensors (e.g., a temperature probe) that, when used in experiments, easily download the data for analysis. Both District 205 and The Foundation purchased classroom sets of NOVAs for every middle school.

 

Beedy stated: “The NOVAs are being used extensively in all three middle schools to collect data in hands-on investigations in both science and math. Our middle school students’ engagement and interest in science has increased as a direct result of having the NOVAs in our schools. We envision the NOVA data loggers remaining a useful tool for learning in our middle schools for years to come. Thank you all for your donations and support. Know that your NOVA dollars are transforming student learning every day.”

 

In addition, Beedy is planning future technologies to dovetail with the NOVAs, Data logged on the NOVAs will be easily integrated with the Mobile Learning Initiative, which includes Chromebooks and is currently underway in the district and a signature focus for Foundation fundraising.

 

Nova5000

Students use Nova5000 to conduct research, analyze data, & problem solve in a hands-on, realistic manner.

 “Our Board believes that a good way to touch every student is to support education at the middle school level.  Every elementary family feeds into one of those three schools and those students all move on to York High School. Making sure that students have the same educational opportunities so they may arrive at York even better prepared for science and math is important to us, our community and the nation.”  Former Foundation Board Chairman, Terry Horn