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On February 6, Associate Professor Vito Dipinto visited Anthony Cerqua (M.A.T. Secondary Education '14) at St. Charles East High School where he teaches both physics and Project Lead the Way. Anthony asked Dr. Dipinto to help him determine the learning effectiveness of his students doing the classic Mousetrap Cars Design investigation. The interest is in how to use already existing curriculum and modify it to incorporate many of the principles in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In this case, Dr. Dipinto and Anthony wanted to see how to take a technological design project and transform it into an engineering one using the scientific and engineering practices and cross cutting concepts that are at the core of NGSS.  Anthony, who has been a conference co-presenter with Dr. Dipinto, has been nominated for Kane County's 2019 Educator of the Year award.

On February 11, Dr. Dipinto spent the day co-teaching science classes with Anthony Tournis (M.A.T. Secondary Education '14) at Joyce Kilmer Elementary School, CPS. The seventh graders were introduced to a learning experience Dr. Dipinto designed and implemented when he was the Science Coordinator and 4th-8th Grades Science Teacher at Baker Demonstration School (then the laboratory school of NCE). The activity is entitled, "You are the Center." The students explored hierarchical classification and, when completed, discovered that each of them is at the center of the hierarchy that combines nonliving and living things into one structure. The fifth graders delighted in Dr. D's stories about a "Day in the Life of a Research Chemist." Anthony, who has co-presented with Dr. Dipinto at conferences, also served as one of the exemplary middle level science educators in our Noyce/National Science Foundation grant


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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