Dr. Darlene J. Ruscitti

   Regional Superintendent 

   DuPage County Schools

Regional Office of Education

421 N. County Farm Rd

Wheaton, IL  60187


STEM News You Can Use

June 2023


U.S. Department of Education Releases AI Report

The new policy report summarizes the risks and opportunities for AI in teaching, learning, and assessment.

2023 Solutions Showcase Videos

Nearly 150 DuPage County students in grades 5-8 accepted the challenge to plan how they would improve an everyday object. Scroll down toward the bottom of this page to view the work of some of our amazing innovators and inventors.


Opportunity for Your K-8 Students to Become Inventors and Innovators!

The Illinois Student Invention Convention is offering opportunities to implement a design and engineering program to engage your students in innovation and invention. The program is free, flexible and standards-based, with over 22,000 students already having completed the program. Traditional implementation is to lead two sessions per week (30-45 minutes each) over the course of ten weeks. Variations are acceptable. Interested? Learn more. Want to register for the required training session? Use this link. Have questions? Contact Nicole Rodriguez.

STEM Network Meeting - Wednesday, October 4, 2023; 4:00 - 5:15 pm

The location has yet to be determined but you want to be certain to attend to learn and share with other STEM educators. Register here so that we can prepare and notify you of the location. Attendees will be eligible to receive STEM trinkets, treasures, and maybe even a raffle prize! Mark your calendars for the other 2023-24 STEM Network dates: December 6, February 7, and May 1. Network meetings run from 4:00 to 5:15 pm. Interested in hosting a meeting at your school? Email Dr. Susan Camasta.

STEM-A-PALOOZA - July 28-20; DuPage County Fair

Keep your students engaged with fun summer science activities! Invite them to visit the STEM-A-PALOOZA shed at the Fair. Hands-on science activities for kids of all ages. Contact SCARCE for more information.

Math Professional Development with Cheryl Beasley - September 5, 12, and 19, 2023

These sessions provide great opportunities to delve into relevant topics in math learning in grades K-5 and 3-8 and immediately implement effective strategies. Learn more.

Two Eclipses Coming to North America - October 14, 2023 and April 4, 2024

Solar Eclipses are exciting astronomical events that provide a great opportunity for teachers and students to learn about the science of astronomy and explore the beauty of the natural world. Check out this collection of resources and teaching materials.


The DuPage ROE STEM Program - We Are Here to Support You

Plan now for your FY24 STEM Trunks and events. Below is a list of some of the ways through which the STEM Squad can support your efforts. Also included a few pictures of some of our recent events. More information is available by emailing Mary Biniewicz.

  • STEM Trunks for grades K-12 can be arranged for delivery and pick up at your school.
  • A STEM Squad member can assist you with planning a STEM event.
  • We also offer the opportunity for us to facilitate an activity at your STEM event.
  • After-school STEM workshops grade 5-8 students are available throughout the year.

Who Knew You Could Do All This with Carboard Tubes?

Don't throw out paper towel and bathroom tissue tubes! Use them to create items that range from sports equipment to musical instruments to launchers, and more. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Summer Topics

Here are a few thoughts and resources you can use for your summer STEM camps or to share with parents.

Smithsonian Science for Makerspaces

These free engineering design challenges engage youth in emerging technologies through hands-on learning. Inspired by Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, these activities bridge formal science education and the makerspace movement within the context of STEAM by involving students in make something new.

The Genius of Play

NGCP partnered with The Genius of Play to develop activities that spark children's interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). The STEAM playbook gives parents and educators tools that are easily set up with materials you can find at home or in the classroom. The STEAM playbook was designed with learners of all ages in mind and is complete with tips for modifying activities to challenge young minds with different levels of complexity.

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