The Naperville Education Foundation, or NEF, hosted their 23rd annual breakfast to celebrate all of this year’s accomplishments.
The event, titled ‘Building a Passion for STEM,’ highlighted this year’s grant and scholarship award winners, and had guest speakers who stressed the importance of NEF’s role in the district.
“NEF grants for science-based activities have helped expose students to real science opportunities and explorations earlier in their lives, when the difference between book based learning and experiential learning carries some of its biggest impact in life,” said Teacher and grant recipient Mark Rowzee.
Held at the Embassy Suites, ABC 7’s Alan Krashesky served as emcee. Live entertainment was provided by the Lincoln Junior High bluegrass strings and Naperville North’s Robotics Team’s robots were on display.
And award winning author, PBS host and beat boxer Nate Ball gave the keynote address.
“It’s okay to not know how to solve the problem you’re trying to solve. It’s the engineering and design process, equipped with the science, technology, engineering and math skills, combined with the creativity you get from having experience with art, that allow you to solve those complex problems,” said Ball.
NEF is the charitable branch of 203, funding extra programs throughout the district.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.
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