U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit with students at Wheeling High School on Thursday to discuss the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and tour the school's new nano technology laboratory, officials said Monday.
Duncan will start the day with a tour of the nano technology lab, which opened at Wheeling High School this year. He will then participate in a moderated discussion with students and former principal Lazaro Lopez at noon.
"We are certainly very excited to share our story, which we think is scalable at a national level," Lopez said. "Part of that story is making high school relevant and this nano lab is another example of that."
Wheeling is a comprehensive high school with a focus on STEM. The lab is used by students in the research and design pathway as well as by students taking courses in engineering, manufacturing, biology, chemistry and architecture. Lopez said the lab is one of only a handful like it in public high schools around the country.
Lopez recently was honored in Washington, D.C. as the 2013-2013 Illinois Principal of the Year.
Duncan last visited a suburban school with a trip to Elgin Area School District U-46 in May to participate in a panel discussion and tour of Streamwood High School.