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ICE is pleased to announce that we are continuing our successful mini-grant program. The purpose of the ICE Mini-Grant Program is to provide ICE members throughout the state with funding for educational technology projects that showcase innovation and creativity and directly benefit students in PreK-12 classrooms. Mini-grants are available to all ICE members across Illinois. Are you looking for a way to make your school or classroom Maker Space a reality, seeking a few more devices to facilitate an engaging and exciting classroom project, or wanting to try a cutting-edge innovation that is so new you missed your school's budget cycle? Apply for an ICE mini-grant today!
Chris Forman, Instructional Technology Coordinator at Mahomet-Seymour CUSD#3, shared his experience with the application process last year:

One long, lonely parent-teacher conference night, the Mahomet-Seymour High School Librarian and I sat down to take a shot in the dark and write up an ICE Mini-Grant proposal. We came up with a relatively low cost option, wrote up a strong proposal, came up with what we hoped was a clever name and sent it off. Months later we were 100% excited to learn that we won the grant and our project would be fully funded. We couldn’t have been more thrilled.

Our proposal called for a 3D printer and software to allow students to design and construct a 3D model of DNA. We immediately started working with the teachers on several projects for design and implementation of DNA strands. Through trial and error, multiple spools and software glitches, we all learned so much and came up with an amazing project for our students. When the time came for them to “replicate” the strands, they were so wound up in the project, software and results that they were sorry to see the project end. Through our project, students were able to work through the design process and model collaborative skills to create exemplars that were used for further instruction. Students were also able to identify and solve problems related to the processes of DNA replication, transcription, and translation using the changeable models.
Chris's example is just one of the many mini-grants that ICE awarded last year. In fact, last year seventeen projects were funded for a total of almost $15,000. We hope to award multiple grants again this year, so the odds are good and the application is short and to the point. We ask you to tell us what you want to do, how it is innovative for your school, what it will cost to implement, how many students will be impacted, and some other necessary information, but that's about it. Your project must meet our guidelines and demonstrate innovation and the potential to benefit students. All submissions will be reviewed by multiple readers based on criteria listed in our guidelines document.

Be sure to keep an eye on your inbox next week for the application. In the meantime, please feel free to contact the ICE Awards Co-Chairs Deb Thomson or Angie Sutherland at with questions.

  • Application submission window opens ​SEPTEMBER 1, 2017. 
  • Completed application forms and completed signed Mini-Grant Approval form window closes ​OCTOBER 01, 2017.
  • APPLICANTS will be notified of their GRANT STATUS the WEEK of NOVEMBER 6, 2017​. 
  • Reimbursements for awarded Mini-Grants must be submitted to the ICE office by ​MAY 14, 2018​.
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On Thursday, August 31st from 8pm - 9pm CST, guest speaker, Dr. Greg Goins, will lead our discussion on how schools can overcome negativity and create a positive culture by inspiring all learners to develop positive relationships that impact their campus, community, and the world

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#ICE18 Update
#ICE18 Presenter Proposals

The #ICE18 Conference Planning Team is hard at work solidifying our most amazing lineup of speakers to date. A "super team" of presenters worthy of "Lollapallooza" proportions will be featured on February 26-28, 2018, and you have a chance to be a part of the lineup. The  Call for Proposals is now open, and the featured speakers and keynote presenters will be announced soon.

Submit your proposal by  September 25th  for a chance to share and learn with our attendees.
Super early bird registration pricing begins this fall, and significant discounts are available for those that attend multiple days. All this to say - you won't want to miss #ICE18, at our new home, the  Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center. Stay tuned!
#ICE18 Exhibitor Registration
Exhibitor registration is now open for the 2018 ICE Conference to be held February 26-28, 2018. Exhibit at #ICE18 and showcase your product to more than 3,600 unique education professionals in and around Illinois.

Register for your exhibit space before September 30, 2017 for $100 OFF!
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