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Richwoods High School was rated in the top 10 percent of STEM schools in the country by Newsweek magazine.

CHICAGO - Chicago State University is receiving a $1.3 million federal grant to increase minority participation in science, technology, engineering and math.

The University of Illinois is in the midst of a national search for its first-ever chief diversity officer.

Teaching Tech for STEAM in Greater Peoria

Nov 8, 2017

  The U of I Extension and a regional education collaboration called Tech Teachers GP is offering a networking opportunity for teachers to expand STEM or STEAM curriculum. About 75 educators turned out last night at the Caterpillar Visitors Center for the group’s Teacher Tuesdays.

Peoria Makes Way for Bradley's $85M Construction

Mar 29, 2017
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The Peoria City Council amended the Bradley University development plan to allow for the construction of a new building along Main Street. 

Bradley this summer will demolish Baker Hall, which houses the business college.  In its place, the university will construct a building that will allow instruction for both business and engineering courses.

Summer Camp Connects Girls to STEM Learning, Careers

Jun 6, 2016
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Jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are still largely dominated by men, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. That’s the message from organizers of the third annual 4G camp in Peoria. 

The program hopes to attract more women to local careers in STEM by offering early exposure to role models and experiences in those fields.

Organizers say about 40 middle school girls meet with local professionals in STEM fields and do hands-on activities like robotics and programming during the week long camp next month. 

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Despite a higher unemployment rate this year, Peoria still ranks in the top 20 nationally for graduates in STEM -- or science, technology, engineering and math -- to live. 

That’s the findings of a recent study from the San Francisco-based finance company, Nerd-Wallet. The fourth annual report ranked Peoria 13 out of 330 places nationwide.

It’s a slight decline compared to last year, but he says the city’s relatively low cost of living was significant in its high ranking.  

Robotics regional competition kicks-off in Pekin

Feb 28, 2014

The international FIRST Robotics competition kicked-off today in Pekin. Students in FIRST Robotics build and operate robots from identical boxes of parts with the goal of the robots competing in like tasks against other teams. The Central Illinois regional events includes forty teams from six midwestern states. Tessa Boots is on the high school robots team in O’Fallon, Illinois.  She says you don’t have to be fluent in engineering to compete: