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Illinois school district to introduce STEM program

MONDAY, APRIL 09, 2012 15:37 PM

This past February, The White House hosted its second Science Fair, which was designed to continue President Barack Obama’s commitment to promoting interest in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, subjects.

In Illinois, a state that adopted the Common Core State Standards on June 24, 2010, the Bethalto Community Unit School District #8 is also committed to developing students’ STEM skills, the Alton Telegraph reported. During the 2012-2013 academic year, the District will introduce Project Lead the Way, which is designed to familiarize students with the basics of engineering and robotics.

"With the transition to the new Common Core State Standards, we’re looking at this curricular addition as a proactive opportunity to implement changes," Jill Griffin, the District’s curriculum director, told the news source.

During the 2012-2013 academic year, seventh- and eighth-graders will spend one year taking the program's engineering unit. Then, the following school year, eighth-graders will explore the subjects of automation and robotics. The District’s high school students also have an opportunity to register for the program’s courses, which help them fulfill either a science or drafting requirement.