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It’s said necessity is the mother of invention, but for 11-year-old Eftihia Giannoudakos of Carol Stream, it’s perplexing and often baffling challenges which spark her interest in design and development.
Known to her friends and classmates at Benjamin Middle School as Effie, the sixth grader is drawn to combine technology and new skills learned in the school MakerSpace to create products which help solve challenges and meet unique classroom needs.
For example, using the 3-D printer, Effie recently completed two versions of an originally-designed classroom stylus holder to house the many stylus pens used in the sixth grade math classes.
“Creating cylinders the right size and arranged at the right tilt was the biggest challenge,” explains Effie, who says she was first introduced to the 3-D printer in the fifth grade and now uses her directed study periods to delve deeper into 3-D printing—learning to create stars, renovating squares to form rectangles, and creating three dimensional cylinders from circle patterns.
In addition to her interest in choir, art and scouting, Effie frequently can be found working on design challenges in the school MakerSpace and has become a student leader in 3-D printing and innovation.
“Effie says I taught her everything she knows about building 3-D projects,” explains Ellen Behrman, Benjamin technology specialist. “However, she’s taught herself a lot about the 3-D printing program. It was seeing her projects that made me think of helping her learn easier ways to build using the tools provided in the 3D program. She took it from there.”
With dreams of possibly becoming a doctor and putting her graphics and design skills to the test helping patients, Effie has already begun experimenting on hand designs, using cylinder shapes to recreate fingers, and other designs featuring unique shapes and figures.
“Engineering and design are all about trial and error,” explains the technology-savvy sixth grader who says she also enjoys coding activities using Benjamin’s new Ozobot smart robots and programming Spheros balls. “The capabilities for 3-D printing are great and there’s a lot more to learn.”
How well our students who have graduated from Benjamin School District 25 are performing at the high school level is evaluated each year. Specific information in a variety of areas is included in the attachment. The results indicate our students are well-rounded and well-prepared.
The attached file contains the recent BenCARE presentation to the Board of Education.
Proposed Capital Projects and Financing Options; Educational Programming, Safety and Security, and Facility Improvements Projects Summary
A summary of the proposed projects and financing options are explained below. A detailed description can be accessed by viewing the attachment.
Examples of projects addressing educational programming include updating three Benjamin Middle School science labs, purchasing two portable science labs for Evergreen Elementary School, renovating the Evergreen Elementary School cafeteria to also serve as a large-group instruction room, upgrading the technology infrastructure, and replacing the student computer devices.
Samples of safety and security projects include reconfiguring the Evergreen Elementary School front entrance to better control entry to the building, upgrading the burglar system and interfacing it with the security system at both schools, and installing an elevator/lift at Benjamin Middle School so there is access to the second floor for students, staff, and visitors with mobility issues. Also, specified sections of the roofs and blacktop/playgrounds that are nearing life expectancy would be replaced.
The one facility project is to replace the interior fluorescent light fixtures with LED fixtures that are much more energy efficient and last longer.
Every five to six years bonds have been sold to fund capital projects since the needs exceed the annual budget revenue. In 2005 bonds were used to pay for phase 1 of the heating and air conditioning project for sections of both schools. The remaining parts of the schools except the middle school large gym were completed in phase 2 in 2012 along with security projects. In 2017-2018, there will be the opportunity to sell bonds and lower the debt service tax rate by about 16 %. An owner of a house assessed at $250,000 would experience an estimated $73 annual tax decrease.
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