PER I-PASS Partnership Program

Combining the talent, experience and enthusiasm of Illinois’ top high school science teachers with the research and content expertise of the University of Illinois to engage Illinois high school students with the highest quality physics experience.

Goals

We want to provide high school teachers the resources they need to offer their students the best possible physics experience.  In the process, we are optimistic there will be secondary benefits including:

  • increased student interest in pursuing STEM degrees, including physics.
  • reduced barriers to entering the University of Illinois to obtain a degree.
  • improved diversity of students choosing and obtaining STEM degrees in general, and from the U of I in particular.
  • understanding the aspects of high-school physics programs that positively impact students’ interest and success in STEM in general, and physics in particular.
  • understanding what role universities can play in supporting high-school teachers in meeting the challenges of providing their students with these experiences.

Our primary goal is to ensure that the high school teachers (and their students) have a successful experience.  To ensure success, we will begin the program with a relatively small and committed group of teachers. This early cohort will be critical in shaping the program so it is efficient and effective as the number of teachers in the program grows. We hope to accommodate rapid steady growth for the first five years, at which point the program will include both calculus-based (AP- Physics C), and algebra-based (AP Physics 1, 2) physics and will be available to teachers throughout the state.

If you would like more information or are interested in being an early partner, please send us your contact information via the following form: https://go.physics.illinois.edu/I-PER-HSPP.