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Local teachers get hands-on lessons in science

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Twenty-five Illinois teachers are getting lessons on how to create online learning opportunities to help middle and high school students become more engaged in science.

The two- week Real Science program from Illinois State University is being held in Rockford and includes workshops, training, and visits to facilities like UTC Aerospace Systems, EigerLab, Hopperstand Custom Hot Rod Shop, Anderson Gardens, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and more.

"There is a huge shortage of educated personnel - in Illinois and across the country - in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM fields," ISU's Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Director William Hunter said. "The first step to alleviating that gap is to help teachers understand science and engineering practices, so they can guide their students." 

The project is supported by an almost $160,000 grant from the Illinois State Board of Education and features teachers from Belvidere, Harlem, Rockford, and Woodstock.

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