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International STEM Learning Ecosystems awards Homewood Science Center membership

The Homewood Science Center is now part of STEM Learning Ecosystems, a national and international network working to change how students learn, educators teach and how businesses develop a workforce with 21st century skills.

Creativity abounds in STEAM Camp at James Hart School

The first District 153 STEAM Camp gave one student a chance to create replicas of Chicago’s downtown buildings, a team the opportunity to build a robot and another to produce a movie. It’s all part of STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

D153 SMART lab drawing teachers from across the country

The two-year-old SMART lab at James Hart School in Homewood has given District 153 teachers Katie Nigro and Cheri Pesina an opportunity to show off the lab to teachers from across the United States.

$32,000 grant helps H-F purchase class equipment

Homewood-Flossmoor High School’s Applied Academics Program received a $32,000 grant from the Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) Education Foundation for a new piece of equipment.
 
The grant covered the cost of the HAAS Mini Mill CNC Machine. Teacher Bill Merchantz has designed the new Computer Integrated Manufacturing class, which starts this fall. Students in the class will use the new equipment. 
 

H-F purchasing Chromebooks, updating computer network

The Technology Department at Homewood-Flossmoor High School will be purchasing 700 Chromebooks for student use and updating the school’s computer network using a $510,000 expenditure approved by the District 233 school board May 15.
 
Technology Department Director Gary Posing said the district has about 3,000 Chromebook laptop computers and is able to serve every student at H-F. The addition of 700 new machines will allow the district to rotate out its older stock.

Foundation 153 helps purchase 90 devices for students

A gift from Foundation 153 has helped purchase 90 new computers for students in Homewood District 153.
 
Beth White, technology director, said the funding helped her department purchase 60 iPads for students at Willow and Churchill Schools, and 30 laptops for students at Hart School.
 

Science via roller coasters: Hands-on learning works to reinforce concepts

Science is giving kids a thrill.
 
Through the magic of 21st century technology, first through fifth graders don 3D glasses to take a roller coaster ride at the Wexler Theater in the Homewood Science Center. 
 
They shriek and holler and raise their hands to the sky with all the fun and excitement they’d have at an amusement park.
 

Discarded items can help kids learn at Tech Take Apart

It’s not junk — it’s a learning tool!
 
The Homewood Public Library is asking residents to donate used items with moveable parts for its second Tech Take Apart event on Thursday, April 26. The program allows kids ages 5 through 15 to experience first hand how simple machines work.

Homewood Science Center launches STEM Network to foster collaboration

A number of hands go up after speaker Barry Aprison 
asks how many teachers are attending the launch 
of the Homewood Science Center's STEM Network 
on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Groups begin using future science center as project planning continues

Community groups are making use of the building while planning continues for the future Homewood Community Science Center. A 501(c)3 organization is being formed to oversee the continued development of the center, but in the meantime, the space will be used by clubs and other organizations to begin the

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