DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — This Teacher to Know is on summer break, but he’s making big plans for fall.
North Ridge Middle School was awarded on of 25 Bicentennial STEM Grants. Chris Dryer teaches science there and plans to take education to the next level.
The grant money will be used to purchase classroom supplies and training. Dryer says, over the years, the curriculum has changed a lot, but it’s beneficial to students because they’re getting a more hands-on experience.
The grant will give him the ability to start the STEM Fusion program. His room is packed up for summer break, but is usually filled with lab equipment and science materials.
The curriculum will be offered as an elective. Dryer says STEM is a big change for classes. He remembers when it used to be lecture-based teaching.
Now, students get a chance to apply what they’re learning to real life situations. He says he’ll spend the summer prepping for the new curriculum STEM Fusion training is in initiative associated with the Illinois Math and Science Academy. Dryer will attend trainings this summer to learn more about it.