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Illinois educators gain skills through summer institute at NCSA
Thursday, June 07, 2007

More than 50 educators from rural school districts across Illinois will gather at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for a two-week summer institute, June 18-29.

The Institute for Chemistry Literacy and Computational Science (ICLCS), funded by the National Science Foundation, aims to strengthen teachers' understanding of chemistry, drawing on the latest research and practice, and to train teachers to use computational and visualization tools in the classroom. The ultimate goal is to improve chemistry education so students are excited about and prepared to pursue science and technology studies in college.

The teachers participating in ICLCS this June come from rural communities around the state: Aledo, Arcola, Armstrong, Beecher, Bismarck, Byron, Clifton, Clinton, Colfax, Danville, Dixon, Earlville, Edinburg, Flanagan, Galva, Gardner, Geneseo, Herscher, Heyworth, Hillsboro, Hoopeston, Hume, Hutsonville, Jacksonville, Leland, Lena, Lincoln, Manito, Manlius, Marion, Martinsville, Mattoon, Mendon, Mendota, Minonk, Moweaqua, Paris, Paxton, Pittsfield, Pontiac, Quincy, Roanoke, St. Joseph, Sterling, Toledo, Ullin, Washington, Wilmington (a full list of participants follows).

Partners in the ICLCS project are NCSA, the College of Medicine and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, A-C Central Community Unit School District 262 in Chandlerville, and the Regional Office of Education in Lincoln, Illinois.

This article originally appeared on NCSA News