Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) impact every aspect of our daily lives and the reach of these subjects knows no boundaries across the world. With rapid changes in these areas transforming our global workforce, it is critical that all of our students understand and ideally experience the importance and breadth of STEAM course offerings and digital literacy opportunities through their educational endeavors.

DoIT supports all efforts to instill innovation and passion for STEAM in all students beginning with our youngest learners in pre-kindergarten through postsecondary education. DoIT has a vested interest in the development of a digitally literate workforce that cultivates creativity and advances all areas of STEAM. This website is focused on connecting students and educators with diverse and easily accessible STEAM opportunities.

STEAM Innovation Webinar (Recorded Session)

The DoIT STEAM Education Group hosted a STEAM Innovation Webinar with two Illinois K12 teachers on April 8th to discuss integration of VR technology into K12 classrooms as well as the Tech Prairie STEAM Expo at the 2021 Illinois State Fair in August. Click on the image or here to watch.

Governor Pritzker Proclaims April as Innovation and Technology Month in Illinois 

Governor JB Pritzker is proclaiming the month of April as Innovation and Technology Month in Illinois. The annual event provides an opportunity to recognize the importance of the technology industry to Illinois and the value it brings for businesses and residents of the state.

“Illinois excels in the pillars of the innovation economy: We have some of the best research universities in the world, producing the third largest number of computer science graduates, the fourth largest number of MBAs in the nation, and the sixth highest number of data scientists. Our startup hubs have cemented the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois as global players in innovation and technology,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “My administration is committed to making Illinois a leader among the most forward-thinking and innovative states in the nation and continues to support programs and policies that will prepare Illinois workers for the jobs of tomorrow.” 

Read the remainder of the Memorandum here and the official Proclamation here.

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Introducing the DoIT STEAM Newsletter series! Each month the DoIT STEAM Education team is producing this new resource for students, teachers, and the education community to send right into your email inbox via this e-Newsletter. If you wish to be added to the mailing list, please fill out the contact us form.

Find all past volumes in the Newsletter section of our website.

Illinois General Assembly authorized the Illinois Department of the Lottery to offer a special instant scratch-off game for the benefit of school STEAM programming with Public Act 101-0561.  More information regarding the School STEAM Grant Program will be available from the Illinois State Board of Education in 2021.

Please submit STEAM ideas, comments, questions, or suggestions using our contact us form.