Throughout the year, STEM students, teachers and professionals within 50+ partner organizations will collaborate to develop, test and refine high-quality R&D STEM education resources.
Ways to Collaborate
Become a mentor or recruit mentors: The RDLE is seeking scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians and other researchers who are committed to serving as online mentors up to one hour per week throughout the academic year. Mentors will be matched to students via Mentor Matching Engine to support student-led research in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. For more information on becoming a mentor or recruiting mentors from within your organization, please contact Emily Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsor a STEM Challenge: Industry partners work with the RDLE to customize a STEM Challenge project and identify STEM professionals from within who support students as they investigate solutions. R&D STEM Challenges were developed in Summer 2014 for delivery in January 2015. For more information, contact Allie Scully at email@example.com.
Become an RDLE partner school: Partner schools appoint teachers who lead their participation and implement RDLE initiatives. These teachers also attend professional development workshops and provide feedback throughout the year. RDLE brought on 14 new partner schools the 2014-15 academic year. If you are interested in becoming a partner school for the 2015-16, please follow this link and fill out the short application. Applications will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis.
Help spread the word about the RDLE and its initiatives: Refer educators and students to the STEM Resource Repository where they will find 100+ high-quality resources contributed by 50+ Illinois organizations investing in STEM education. Also, stay up to date and connect with us on Twitter (@ISTCoalition). Feel free to refer, download and share this summary overview of our initiatives.