13 results for tag: Applied Technology


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GEMS Participants Now Looking to STEM Careers

When Mikayla Rau was in fifth grade, her mother approached her about a program at Conant High School. The program, GEMS (Girls in Mathematics and Science), had the purpose of showing young girls what careers were available in various science and mathematics fields.  “My mom had heard about it and said, ‘Hey let’s check this out,” said Rau. “My friend and I both liked science so we decided to go.  We loved it.”  For more than 10 years, District 211 has hosted a GEMS weekend during which girls in junior high can work together with their peers, as well as high school STEM ...

From Fremd Student to Award Winning Engineering Teacher

When Michael Karasch looks back on the start of his freshman year at William Fremd High School, he admits he was not in the best position academically.    “My family moved to the area just before my freshman year,” said Karasch, who graduated in 1999.  “I was not on the best path coming into that year.  I was not getting particularly good grades, but it was a fresh start at a new school and Fremd embraced me.”  Following his college graduation, Karasch began working in computer programing, but did not&nb...

D211 Post: CHS Applied Tech Teacher Improves the View for Remote Learners

            For many teachers whose classes require showing hands on procedures, a new step in the virtual classroom is adjusting camera angles for the students to have the best possible view.  This can, at times, cost time and may not always present a smooth view as the work progresses.             Conant High School Applied Technology teacher Jon Babcock has created a way for students to have an up-close view of the class projects in progress.             “I thought ...

D211 Post: District 211 Begins Afternoon Academic Support Session

            On August 24, Township High School District 211 began its Afternoon Academic Support Sessions.  The sessions will allow students to sign up for limited, in-person education and study assistance.              Through the sessions, students can sign up for support in general areas such as math tutoring labs, reading and writing support or quite studies; or they can sign up for sessions which focus on specialized content such as needing lab equipment or unique manufacturing equipment.     &nbs...

D211 Post: Applied Tech Teachers Create STEM Summer Project Site

            During most summers, younger area students would have the ability to attend STEM workshops hosted by District 211 Applied Technology teachers.  Due to the current COVID-19 social distancing requirements, the usual camps were not able to be held.  This did not stop the District from finding a way to work with, and inspire younger students. In late-June, Applied Technology teachers from across the District spear-headed the design of the website https://phardy4.wixsite.com/techactivities.            Fremd High School Applied Technology Chair ...

D211 Post: Conant H.S. Teachers Make PPE for Medical Professionals

            James B. Conant High School Science Teacher Dave Torpe and Applied Technology Department Chair Eric LeBlanc have been occupying their time recently doing what they can to support medical professionals combating the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Due to social distancing, Torpe and LeBlanc have been working on different personal protective equipment (PPE) designs from their homes.             LeBlanc said he was inspired to begin work on this after seeing Conant High School Principal Julie Nowak and others packing meals for ...

D211 Post: District 211 Hosts GCAMP Breakfast

            Representatives from District 211, as well as Harper College, GCAMP (the Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership), and area manufacturing companies gathered at Schaumburg High School for the GCAMP Breakfast Nov. 8.  During the meeting, the group discussed internships, apprenticeships, and the future of student involvement in manufacturing.              Following the breakfast, District 211 Associate Superintendent for Instruction and Superintendent-Elect Dr. Lisa Small, delivered a presentation on the ...