Dec. 6, 2011—A Tellabs Foundation grant will help area educators develop exciting new science demonstrations for children through a partnership with North Central College and ChemWest.
North Central College and ChemWest—a nonprofit networking group for chemistry teachers—will use the $30,000 Tellabs Foundation grant to develop and share demonstrations and other practices to enhance the study of science for up to 10,000 children in area elementary, middle and high schools.
“The Naperville area has very strong science teachers who are interested in improving their craft,” said North Central College chemistry professor Paul Brandt. “New teachers are often looking for exciting ways to bring chemistry into the classrooms and doing chemistry demonstrations is certainly one way to engage children in learning science.”
Together, North Central and ChemWest will:
· Hold an annual chemistry education meeting to bring together about 100 area science teachers to view and learn about 10 new classroom demonstrations.
· Develop “Make and Take” packages where teachers can participate in new demos at bimonthly meetings and leave with all the materials they’ll need to repeat experiments in their classrooms or labs.
· Invite nationally recognized expert speakers to present the latest and greatest ideas in science education.
· Administer mini-grants to help bring demonstrations to classrooms that have the greatest financial need.
· Hold workshops in which experienced teachers will share their favorite and most successful demonstrations with 20 new teachers or students in North Central’s award-winning teacher-preparation program.
The Tellabs Foundation was established by Tellabs, a global telecommunications equipment provider based in Naperville, Illinois. The Foundation supports the priority areas of education, health and the environment in communities where Tellabs employees live and work. Since 1997, the Foundation has given more than $15 million to nonprofit organizations. Visit tellabs.com/about/community.shtml to learn more.