District 103 students take part in STEAM Conference

Submitted by Lincolnshire-Prairie View District 103

Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 children were excited, engrossed, and mesmerized during the Learning Fund Foundation STEAM Conference Jan. 15 at Daniel Wright Junior High School.

The foundation's Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math event provided 180 students the opportunity to participate in activities such as exploring the invisible world of electricity and magnetism, learning about the physics of catapults, building video games, and creating obstacle courses for Sphero robots.

"We at the Learning Fund Foundation are committed to offering authentic and engaging hands-on learning experiences to our students," said Michele Schaapveld, president of the Learning Fund Foundation. "Our goal is for the students to leave feeling inspired to pursue a career in a STEAM field."

New this year was a Summer Camp and Adventure Day. The PTO thanked the camp participants as well as all the parents who came to see the exhibitors.

The success of the Foundation's STEAM conference is in large part due to its many sponsors. The Learning Fund Foundation, of Lincolnshire, is an independent, collaborative, not-for-profit organization, led by a volunteer board to raise additional financial resources for School District 103 and serve as a catalyst for innovation, enrichment, and educational excellence. Since its inception in 1996, the foundation has raised more than $1 million in funding for programs that help enable teachers and administrators in District 103 to fulfill the commitment to provide students with the highest standards of educational excellence and continuous improvements.

The Foundation thanks the following businesses for their participation in the event:

Code Ninjas, Libertyville

Center for Gifted, Glenview

College of Lake County, Grayslake

Improv Playhouse, Libertyville

One In A Hundred, Northbrook

Stevenson PREP/Community Education, Lincolnshire

Vernon Area Public Library, Lincolnshire

For sponsor contact information and for more information about the PTO's camps and programs, visit

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District 103 kindergartner Emma Difuccia explores a slimy substance at the Learning Fund Foundation STEAM Conference Jan. 15. Courtesy of Lincolnshire-Prairie View District 103
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