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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
  • 2016: Provided $50,000 to create future ready model classrooms in three schools. The new spaces accommodate the infusion of technology into everyday learning.. Additionally, the new furniture allows for movable learning hubs, which is a key component of  group work and collaboration-a key approach of STEM education.
  • 2016: Multiple Thiems Grants help deliver STEM related curriculum, including maker spaces materials for every elementary Library, as well as the Linciln Lab and Learning Commons at York High School.
  • 2017: Foundation funding of $3,750 will provide wi-fi hot spot devices for students that do not have access at home. A decrease in Title I funding and an increase in requests created a need this year to assist at risk students.

Nova 5000 PROJECT UPDATE

According to Dave Beedy, District 205 STEM Coordinator, “The NOVAs are still being used in the 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.”