Perhaps the only thing harder than learning the difficult subjects of math and science,is teaching math and science.

16 educators went back to class in Edgar County, Illinois for a pilot project to help them fine tune their teaching skills, getting help from the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University.
The roles were flipped today. Teachers working in groups, became students to see just how powerful a new Stem Project can be for their kids.

Rosemary Aguilar, Director: “Not only are they learners in this process but we are putting them into an environment as if they are students as well,” said Director Rosemary Aguilar. “Asking questions, Identifying a true challenge and they are all going to be different because we all see different problems in the world.”

The pilot is divided into three major themes: Design, assess, and implement, to better address each students need.

“There is a need for creating a program or curriculum that creates that connection between math and science and the real world in a technology area,” said Aguilar.

Two representatives traveled to Paris High School. It’s the first time the program has left the University’s Campus.

“It was through the generosity of the Edgar County Community Foundation that they allowed us to participate in this pilot stem project with SMU Lyle School of Engineering,” said District 4 Superintendent, Lorraine Bailey.

The institute is intended for middle school and high school educators and will fit in perfectly with the new equipment the Edgar County Schools have to offer.

“We have a beautiful stem lab at our high school and we need our students prepared to use that lab and what we want to do is change the way we teach. we don’t just want memorization of facts, we want problem based learning where we are teaching students to be critical thinkers,” said Bailey.

The program is being used in more than 500 schools across the country helping teach math and science.