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    Summer, 2020 Update:

    Students: Thank you SO much for your hard work and flexibility this Spring! You are all rock stars! Have a safe and fun summer! I look forward to catching up with everyone again soon :)

    Students and parents: If you need anything this summer, feel free to send me an email: jvandenbos@antioch34.com

    I hope everyone has a safe, relaxing, and fun summer!

    Mr. VandenBos

    STEM Teacher (Project Lead the Way) - WC Petty Elementary

    Email: jvandenbos@antioch34.com

    Classroom Phone (847) 838-8128



    At WC Petty, all elementary students receive an hour of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) instruction each week. Kindergarten - 2nd grade students visit for two half hours and 3rd-5th grade students have one full hour per week.

    A little about STEM in our district:

    In Antioch School District 34, the STEM teacher at each school uses a program called Project Lead the Way. PLTW's units (called modules) address computer science, engineering, and science, challenging students to become creative, collaborative problem solvers ready to take on any challenge. Each grade level has a new module each trimester. The module begins with activities for students to explore the subject (science, engineering, coding, robotics, etc), followed by a project for students explore further, and an engineering/design problem to solve, applying what they've learned, at the end of the unit.

    If you'd like to learn more about the units, this document gives a good description of the units by grade level.  

    A little about me:

    The 2020-2021 school year marks my eighth year in the district and my third year teaching STEM (Project Lead the Way). Before moving to the STEM position, I was an elementary classroom teacher (3rd and 4th grades).  I love teaching STEM because the subject and activities allow students to solve real world problems in innovative ways! Though the activities may seem like a lot of fun, there are valuable applications for their future!