John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School welcomes students for first day

John C. Dunham STEM Partnership SchoolClasses began today at the new John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School on the Aurora University campus. The STEM school serves students in third through eighth grades from the West Aurora, East Aurora and Indian Prairie school districts. It is staffed through a unique professional development strategy that engages teachers from the partner districts as faculty while they complete AU graduate coursework and become leaders in mathematics and science education.

Construction of the 32,000 square foot facility, which includes nine classroom and six labs, began last autumn. The curriculum for students was developed through a unique collaboration between area educators and local corporations, covering the STEM fields as well as art, music and more. The structure itself serves as a teaching tool, with a green roof, solar panels and a wind turbine.

Read more about the facility and its students and teachers in The Beacon-News.