Educators' Center of Lake County

New Initiatives

Beyond the Classroom Aquarium

Building on his participation in the Educators’ Center Teaching Enhancement Activities in Math & Science (TEAMS) project in 2005-06, former Waukegan teacher Bob Jakus has a book, Beyond the Classroom Aquarium, available through a print on demand service.  The book includes numerous STEM-related (and fun!)  learning activities that focus on aquatic ecosystems.  More information is available at

Science Outreach Workshop


The Spring 2015 Science Outreach Workshop, co-sponsored by the College of Lake County Science Outreach Program and the University Center of Lake County, was held on Saturday, April 25 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.  This free workshop was held in the Earth Science Center (Room A225) on CLC’s Grayslake campus.

“Classroom Activities in Astronomy”
Ms. Marcella Linahan, Carmel High School and Ms. Lynne Zielinski, Yerkes Observatory/National Space Society, NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors shared a few highlights of their trip onboard NASA’s SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) aircraft. They discussed how NASA astronomers use the SOFIA telescope to see beyond the visible light spectrum into infrared and then presented hands-on classroom activities related to infrared light. These classroom activities can be used in any elementary to high school classrooms to help students understand how scientists explore the universe using infrared light and enhance their interests and curiosities in space science.

The Lake County Astronomy Day organized by the Lake County Astronomy Society took place on CLC Grayslake Campus on the same day of our workshop and teachers were encouraged to stay and participate in that event, too.

Spring 2015 Science Outreach Workshop agenda

2015 Beginning Teacher STEM Conference

July 28-29, 2015 are the dates for an Illinois New Teacher Collaborative conference designed to support new STEM teachers.  It is aimed at Early-career K-12 teachers—those with one to four years of classroom experience—who teach any science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. This includes, but is not limited to, elementary teachers (who teach multiple subjects, including math and/or science) and secondary STEM teachers (priority will be given to first- and second-year teachers).

The conference will be held in Champaign, IL at the I Hotel & Conference Center.  CPDUs are available.  The cost is $75 and registration opened May 1, 2015. The conference fee includes one night’s stay at the I Hotel (a $130 value), one breakfast, two lunches, a reception, and a chance at winning several door prizes, including an iPad mini.

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