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Registration Open for the 2017 CCDOS Food Packaging Project!

Posted on: 3/2/2017 12:09 PM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ CUVolunteer ] [ Outreach ]

All are welcome (and encouraged!) to participate in the fifth annual Community & Campus Day of Service (CCDOS)! On Saturday, April 8, 2017, members of the Food Packaging Project plan to package 150,000 meals — one thousand for every year of public engagement since the University was chartered — for local foodbanks to be distributed to needy families in Champaign-Urbana.

Hundreds of volunteers are needed for the food packaging project, which will take place on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. Several volunteer shifts will be available during the day. If you would like to help out, please register for a timeslot in advance. Space is limited and this project is very popular!

The following timeslots are available:

  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am (no food packaging; bag labeling only)
  • 9:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 10:30 am - 12:00 noon
  • 11:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00pm: Memorial Stadium cleanup
  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Wesley Food Pantry cleanup (at Wesley Food Pantry)

Visit the CCDOS 2017 Registration page to sign up for a time slot today!

Sun Buckets Win Gulfstream Navigator Award!

Posted on: 2/20/2017 1:13 PM

Sammy Lindgren, Coordinator for STEM Teacher Development at MSTE, and a PhD student in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, was part of the Sun Buckets team that won the $100,000 Gulfstream Navigator Award at Ocean Exchange in Savannah, GA in November. This award honors an outstanding innovation that demonstrates positive impact on the environment, economies, and health while respecting cultures around the world and has applications across multiple industries. Sun Buckets, created by researchers in the Stored Solar Stove Project, funded by the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE), are portable, stored solar energy cookstoves that allow users to cook without fire, fuel, or emissions.To learn more about the project, visit the Stored Solar Stove Project website or check out Sammy's presentation Solution: Sun Buckets from The Ocean Exchange's 2016 Annual Event.

Spring 2017 MSTE Friday Lunch - St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy: The Importance of STEM Outreach to the Community and to You

Posted on: 2/16/2017 12:02 PM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Education ] [ Friday Lunch ]

MSTE Friday Lunches are back! Join us this Friday for the first talk of the semester! Joseph Gamez will present “St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy: The Importance of STEM Outreach to the Community and to You”.

About the Talk:The St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy is an educational outreach program targeted at underrepresented fourth and fifth grade students. In this presentation Joseph Gamez, Program Director, will give a brief history of Brady STEM Academy and reflect on his experiences doing STEM outreach--particularly its impact on students and their families as well as on himself.

Topic: St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy: The Importance of STEM Outreach to the Community and to You

When: Friday, February 17th, 2017 from 12:00-1:00pm

Where: 505 E Green St, Classroom 201, Champaign, IL 61820

All are welcome, don’t forget to RSVP via the MSTE Friday Lunch website!

Kenwood's Computer Science Showcase

Posted on: 2/15/2017 11:59 AM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Education ] [ Science ] [ Technology ]

Kenwood Elementary School, Champaign Unit 4’s CS/CT (Computer Science / Computational Thinking) school, is having a Computer Science Showcase.

Community members and prospective families are invited to attend this event where they will have the opportunity to visit different classrooms. Kenwood students will be featuring the various Computer Science/Computational Thinking projects they have worked on. Come by to see elementary students program robots, visit a student-created arcade on Scratch, see LEGO robots in action and much, much more

When: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 from 6:30-7:30pm

Where: Kenwood Elementary School, in the Gymnasium


Posted on: 1/26/2017 1:27 PM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Education ] [ Outreach ] [ Resources ]

There is plenty to talk about regarding the future of education in our community and our country. EdCampCU provides a time and space for us to come together and discuss schools, learning, and what everyone wants both to look like. Unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set months in advance, EdCampCU’s agenda is created by the participants at the start of the event. The schedule is composed entirely of participants’ questions, asking about topics such as the goals and purposes of school, standardized tests, and content area issues and opportunities. In the past, participants have asked 'How can we integrate technology into social justice education?’ and 'How do we design collaborative learning spaces in classrooms?’ Session leaders aren’t necessarily experts on their question, they’re just interested in starting a conversation.

Who attends EdCampCU? Teachers, administrators, students, parents, community members, pre-service teachers, coders, business people, and school board members have participated in past EdCamps. Built on principles of connected and participatory learning, EdCampCU strives to bring people together to talk about the things that matter most to them in education today.

Who: Anyone who is interested in talking about education and ed innovation in Champaign Urbana

When: Saturday, January 28th, 2017, from 10:30am-4:00pm

Where: College of Education, Room 166, 1610 South 6th Street, Champaign, IL 61820

Cost: Free and open to the public

How: Register online

Check out the EdCampCU website for more information!


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