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Local Chicago high school science students recently participated in the Field Museum’s Biodiversity Arcade, where students explore the museum collections, research sea life, and learn about the evolution of aquatic life and then use that knowledge to develop biodiversity video games using the free software program Scratch.

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LittleBits, created by Ayah Bdeir, an electronic artist and electronic engineer, is a series of domino-size electrical modules that snap together magnetically. Bdier’s goal is to make electronics accessible to everyone to be used as a creative tool. The company sells electronic kits and individual components including power sources, connectors, and tools. Teachers are using LittleBits to aid instruction of circuits, design, and creativity in more than 2,000 schools.

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The ACT exam, a critical requirement for getting into most colleges and given free to high school juniors, will become optional in 2015 for the first time in nearly 15 years, with districts given the choice to administer the ACT as well as job-related exams in reading and math skills. All high school students will have to take new state tests in Algebra 2 and English Language Arts in the spring. Both exams will generally be taken by juniors, but could include sophomores in advanced classes.

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On May 19, the Illinois Science and Technology Institute brought students and teachers with industry, higher education and other key stakeholders to MSI to celebrate the conclusion of the Research and Development STEM Learning Exchange Challenge’s pilot year. More than 400 students and 20 teachers in 12 Illinois high school partnered with experts at local organizations throughout the semester to solve complex, real-world, problem-based STEM challenges. At MSI, students shared their solutions to challenges ranging from conducting a trade study for a missile defense system and using behavioral economics to encourage better environmental practices, to developing an app for first responders in emergency situations.

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The federal government recently decided to allow Illinois to be exempt from certain requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. As a result, there will be a new school rating system, which will be rolled out in 2014-15. The new system will tell parents at a glance how well schools are doing and the new rating will take into account a variety of measures, including graduation rates, minority performance, state exam scores, and progress in improving scores.

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Seven Chicago schools will be awarded grants of up to $100,00 to explore how laptops, iPhones, and iPads can help teachers move away from single lesson plans toward a more individualized approach to learning. The schools include three charter schools, one Academy for Urban School Leadership school, a district-run magnet school, and two grammar schools. The education groups administering the grants say technology can help teachers provide extra help to struggling students and additional work for the children who excel.

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Opened on March 12, the Field Museum’s latest exhibit, “The Machine Inside: Biomechanics,” focuses on the concept that all biological creatures comprise interconnected mechanical systems. The exhibit is designed to allow visitors to discover the marvels of natural engineering and see how we can apply the innovations of evolution. Guests can explore how plants and animals stay in one piece despite the force of gravity, the pressure of water and wind, and the attacks of predators. They can also experiment with new adaptations and applications and learn about the future of biomechanics and biomimicry, fields that are re-energizing the imaginations of architects, engineers, and designers.

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At the end of January, Illinois School Superintendent Christopher Koch told members of the Illinois State Board of Education that beginning next year, the ACT should no longer be a state-required test covered by taxpayers. Instead, the college-entrance exam would become voluntary, with perhaps only low-income students getting to take it for free. Koch said he’s concerned about added costs as new mandatory tests are being implemented in Illinois in spring 2015 and is also worried about juniors spending added hours on lengthy high school exams. Other members of the state board argued that the ACT is an important measure of performance for parents and students and has been a popular test because students can use scores from the state-paid ACT to get into college. A final decision has not been made about administering the college-entrance exam next year and the future of the free ACT in Illinois remains uncertain.