Mrs. Anderson - STEM

STEM Lab Donors

A special thank you to:
  • Ottawa Morning Rotary
  • Anonymous Donor
  • Inga Carus
  • Exelon
  • Fairmount Santrol Foundation
  • OES Foundation
  • HR Imaging
  • US Silica
  • IBM/Linde
  • Financial Plus Credit Union
  • Illinois Valley Building Trades
  • Illinois Valley Construction Industry Advancement Fund
  • Illinois Valley Labor Management 
  • Kiwanis Club of Ottawa 
  • Turk Furniture
If you are interested in contributing to future expansion of the STEM Lab and/or additional expeditions, please contact Gary Windy, principal at Shepherd Middle School. 


During the second and third trimester student interest/input will be considered when assigning subsequent expeditions. To learn more about each expedition, click on the links below.
Design Time 

Classroom Information

All students will be in the STEM Lab for four weeks each trimester. We will spend the first three weeks on an expedition and the last week will be a whole class activity. All expedition work, including absent work, must be completed within the allotted 4 week time you are in the STEM Lab.


Students who are in Spanish will be in the STEM Lab from Wednesday, August 22 to Monday, September 17.

Students in Technology will be in the STEM Lab from Tuesday, September 18 to Monday, October 15.

Students in Art will be in the STEM Lab from Tuesday, October 16 to Wednesday, November 7.

For more details on policies and procedures in the lab click on STEM Lab Policies

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