STEM development for educators offered this summer

University of Illinois Extension

Exploring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers, science inquiry, and building relationships with students are the topics being offered in the Teacher Tuesdays Summer Series for educators of all kinds.

This summer, three online events, led by University of Illinois Extension staff, will provide a short, engaging virtual presentation on topics relevant to anyone who works with young people.

STEM Career Exploration and Community Engagement – June 23, 1 p.m.

The session will feature a panel discussion of educators from Central Illinois who have participated in past Extension STEM programming. Participants can learn ways these teachers have incorporated career exploration into their classrooms and how they find resources within the community.

Science Inquiry – June 30, 1 p.m.

Participants will explore different levels of inquiry in the classroom. The session will also feature practical tools and resources that can help teachers begin to incorporate more inquiry-based education into their science lessons.

Building Relationships with Students – July 7, 1 p.m.

This session will look at current research which shows the many benefits young people gain from positive relationships with adults. Plus, participants will learn the elements necessary to build these relationships and explore ways to foster these in the classroom.

Teacher Tuesdays – Make, Play, Connect is facilitated by the University of Illinois Extension Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit and traditionally offers monthly networking and professional development opportunities to educators throughout the region.

These events allow both classroom and out-of-school time educators to foster peer-to-peer support while building a learning community around STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education for our area.

The Summer Series sessions will take place through Zoom. Those interested can register by Monday previous to each Tuesday event at Zoom invitations will be sent out to those registered via email on the morning of each respective session.

ISBE Professional Development hours will be offered. More information is available at