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. . .

November 2022


The Illinois Green Ribbon Schools Program

The Illinois Green Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools, districts, and higher education institutions with active programs, actions, and dedication to sustainability. The 2023 Illinois Green Ribbon Schools applications are due January 9, 2023 for K-12 schools and districts.

Golden Apple Awards

The Golden Apple Foundation has announced applications are now open for its Accelerators and Scholars Programs. In addition to financial assistance, Golden Apple mentors provide guidance and support to selected participants.

Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Nominate a 7th - 12th grade STEM teacher for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching at PAEMST.org.

Nominations accepted through January 9, 2023. Completed applications must be submitted by February 6, 2023.

Tech or Treat STEM Event

The ROE STEM Squad joined in the seasonal fun by facilitating several STEM activities on October 27 as Wesley Elementary School families enjoyed the evening.


National STEM/STEAM Day - November 8, 2022

Looking for ideas to celebrate or include in your lesson planning? Try Create & Learn and the US Department of Energy website for suggestions!

America Recycles Day - November 15, 2022

Use some of these ideas to share the importance of our recycling efforts.

  • Brush up on what should and should not be tossed in recycling bins by checking out this video created by DuPage County.
  • Staples Stores accept tech materials to recycle. Click here to see what is accepted.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle resources for students and educators from the United States EPA.

Naperville Reads Program Features Ada Twist, Scientist Event - November 19, 2022

Join Anderson’s Bookshop for an in-person event to celebrate the Naperville READS 2022 selection of the

bestselling book, Ada Twist, Scientist, by local Naperville author, Andrea Beaty. The book is the basis for the hit Netflix show of the same title. Attendees must register and seats are limited.

"Deep Roots" of the Illinois Prairie, A Family Fun Program - November 19, 2022

SCARCE will host a special environmental education program for educators and families with children kindergarten through third grade. This one-hour presentation will include music, dancing, and storytelling that helps children learn more about the plants and animals that live in our home state.

Enjoy Computer Science Education Week with Microsoft MakeCode - December 6, 2022

Webinar participants will learn how to use Microsoft MakeCode, a free online learn-to-code platform, and access resources for coding projects and activities during and beyond Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11, 2022. Register here.

And, if you have not yet made your list of resources for Week of Code, consider these, free programs for students in grades K-8, recently published in Woman's Day, May 2022.

  • Code Karts which runs on IOS, Android, or Kindle Fire, ages 4+.
  • Scratch JR runs on the platforms IOS, Android, or Kindle Fire, ages 5-7.
  • Scratch runs on a browser, ages 8-11.
  • Code Club World uses a browser, ages 9-13.

ICTM Math Contests (Grades 3-12) - February 4, 2023

Did you know ICTM hosts math contests for grades 3 - 8, an algebra contest for all middle schoolers, and in various subjects for high schoolers? Registration is open now! Find out more.

Junior High Math Contests - February 22 and March 11, 2023

The Junior High Math Contest engages middle school students in fun, interactive math experiences. The event is completely staffed and run by students attending the Illinois Math and Science Academy. Details and registration information here.


Spotlight on STEM Trunks

Use the KEVA Trunk to create art, Rube Goldberg style ball-runs, towers, bridges, cantilevers, and more while learning and applying principles of design, measurement, patterns, and dimensions. The classroom KEVA trunk includes 800 planks, activity cards, and contraption balls. Access KEVA lesson ideas to begin planning your next steps with the KEVA Trunk. Questions or requests?  Email Mary Biniewicz.

Meeting the Needs of Teachers and Students

NEED meets “the needs of both teachers and students – in the classroom and beyond.  

Try the Science of Energy unit, which provides background information and hands-on experiments to explore different forms of energy and energy transformation, focusing on kinetic and potential energy, heat, light, motors, batteries, and electromagnetism - with age-appropriate explorations that emphasize the scientific process, energy sources, electricity generation, and more.

The STEAM Playbook

National Girls Collaborative Project and The Toy Association have collaborated on a brand-new “STEAM Playbook”, a curated collection of play activities for young children for every letter in S-T-E-A-M, available on the Genius of Play website and the NCGP website starting November 8.

Engineering Design Challenges

Encourage student creativity and innovation with engineering design challenges that combine science concepts and real-world problem-solving that help you teach and explore the engineering design process at elementary, middle, and high school levels. 

Youth Garden Grant

For 40 years, the Youth Garden Grant has supported school and youth educational garden projects. Next year, fifty organizations will be awarded $500 and a collection of gardening supplies for their youth garden program. Application materials and support are available in English and Spanish through December 2, 2022.

Ignite Imagination and Inspire a Space-age Generation

Exploration Generation (ExGen) provides K-12 educators with engaging, classroom-ready lessons and resources to help immerse students in real-life applications of STEM and explore concepts in aerospace, engineering, and rocketry. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Estes Education, and NSTA launched ExGen to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and bring high-quality, research-based aerospace education to classrooms nationwide.

Fall Science Activities

Changing leaves and temperatures, apple season, pumpkins, and Thanksgiving are the perfect backdrops for these free lessons and activities for enriching hands-on STEM.

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