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at local, state, and national levels, thereby preparing a highly able citizenry and diverse STEM workforce to tackle pressing global challenges.
Current STEM Ed Highlights
CEE Undergraduate Education: Shaping Multi-Disciplinary Problem Solvers
Jeffrey Roesler (left), CEE Professor and Co-creator of CEE 398 PBL and Liang Liu, CEE Associate Head and Director of Undergraduate Programs.
August 15, 2014
"Our agenda is to educate and help develop the next generation of civil engineers so that they are not only theoretically rigorously strong, but can also tackle big multidisciplinary issues in a way that they have deep understanding and are also capable of working with people from different disciplines to solve societal challenges." Liang Liu
Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Illinois is awfully good. But the fact that both the undergraduate and graduate programs are currently ranked #1 in the nation doesn't mean the folks at CEE are content to rest on their laurels...
Beginning Teachers Add to Their Hands-On Repertoire at STEM Conference
A teacher attending the INTC STEM Conference does some chemical engineering: working with chemicals to design shower gel during a breakout session.
July 31, 2014
On July 29–30, 2014, 100+ teachers from all over the state attended the 2nd Annual Beginning Teacher STEM Conference hosted by the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative (INTC). Held at the I-Hotel on campus, the conference targeted new teachers in their first through fourth years of teaching, plus some of their mentors. A total of 150 teachers registered for the conference, which featured keynote speaker Jeff Goldstein, director of NCESSE (the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education), 30 different break-out sessions, opportunities for networking, a panel of award-wining teachers, and an "Unconference" session, where the teachers themselves presented lessons/activities.