Lincoln-Way Receives Grants to Enhance STEM and Earth Science Instruction
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lincoln-Way High School District 210 was recently awarded two grants that will enhance STEM and Earth Science instruction in science classrooms across the district.

As part of the Gizmos Science Grant Program, Lincoln-Way teachers will receive a subscription to an online database called Explore Learning Gizmos, which is the worlds largest library of online simulations for science and math for third through twelfth grade classrooms.

Lincoln-Way North Science Department Chair Maria Wilson and Lincoln-Way Central Science Department Chair Sarah Highfill were instrumental in securing the grant.

"This grant allows teachers to conduct lab simulations that give Chemistry students a glimpse into the molecular level, to run a Biology experiment that would typically take years in a matter of minutes, and provide curriculum support and resources to Earth Science and Physics classrooms, said Wilson.

The Gizmos program provides professional development and helps teachers bring STEM instruction to a deeper level through the power of simulations.

Explore Learning Gizmos simulations are aligned with Lincoln-Ways newly adopted Next Generation Science Standards. This adds to teachers abilities to expand student learning in content and computer manipulation for scientific purposes.

I am excited to have a partnership with Explore Learning as our next stages of implementing Next Generation Science Standards will demand it, Highfill said. Our district science will only improve using the Gizmos simulations. This is an exciting year for Science.

The second grant awarded to Lincoln-Way is the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers Russ Brielman Teaching Enhancement Grant. The grant was submitted by Wilson and is aimed at enhancing student learning about earth science, the aggregate mining industry, mined land reclamation, resource sustainability, and resource stewardship.

The grant will provide lab materials for Earth Science and Lincoln-Ways new Advanced Placement Environmental Science class.

Wilson will present Teaching Rocks, Minerals and Mining in the Classroom at a conference held at Starved Rock next year.

Maria and Sarah should be commended for going above and beyond to get additional resources that will benefit science class rooms at Lincoln-Way, said Tim Reilly, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum. Our teachers are consistently focused on improving their curriculum and finding innovative ways to engage students in complex concepts.