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Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement

NOTE: Funding for the SMILE program ran out in 2006 and this site is now dormant as all of the original SMILE staff have either retired or moved on to other projects.  As such, as of June 1, 2014, responses to e-mails sent to this site will probably encounter significant delays.  Please continue to use this site as a reference.

    The SMILE program was designed to enhance the elementary and high school learning of Science and Mathematics through the use of the phenomenological approach. For a brief course description/syllabus, click here.  For a brief history of the course, click here.
     Between 1986 and 1997 each summer session participant was asked to create and publish a single concept lesson plan. These lesson plans include the materials needed, a suggested strategy and expected outcomes. There are currently almost 900 of these lesson plans available (see subject indices below).  In addition, starting in 1997 the participants in the academic year program have been asked to present a brief single concept lesson or idea.  Summaries of the academic year lessons are at academic year notes.  All of these lessons are available in the following formats:

  1. A CD-ROM with all of the lessons (summer and academic year) and links from both this and the SMART web sites for $15.00US to a US address ($20US outside the United States). Contact Roy Coleman at Morgan Park High School for availability.
  2. Listings by subject are available by linking to any of the following:
Biology Index
Chemistry Index
Mathematics Index
Physics Index

Please note: The lessons may be freely copied and used in a classroom but they remain the copyright property of the author(s) and the directors of the SMILE program.

Awards and Reviews

Big Chalk
Big Chalk

NSTA Award
NSTA Scilinks
StudyWeb Award

Internet Scout

Schoolsnet Award


Wired Patrol
Study Sphere
Study Sphere

:=)If you have a single concept lesson that you think might fit in with the SMILE concept or would like to see some lessons which have been contributed by persons other than SMILE participants jump to contributed lessons ;->SMILE has bi-weekly classes during the academic year and we are posting the notes from those classes. If you are interested, jump to academic year notes.

;+)The SMILE PLUS program
is a program designed for intensive training of a team of teachers who are from the same school. These teachers then go back to their home schools to provide inservice training for the remainder of the faculty and staff.

:=>This section includes some general information developed by the SMILE program.
*Photos of the 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 SMILE participants in action along with the last class. X++Web Addresses of internet sites for general interest in Science.
IIT will occasionally offer Saturday classes for teachers and students on the World Wide Web and searching the Internet. For more information, contact Dr. Porter Johnson
After 20 years, the SMILE program ended on May 2, 2006. A brief history and highlights of the program is posted here and a photo of the last class is here.
(Note: The CD-ROM is still available and Guest contributions will be gladly accepted.)
Swing Thingy
The entire index of all sections is also available for you to search with your browser. However, be aware that this index is over 100K and takes a while to transfer.
WOWAdditional lessons can be found on the SMART website. WOW
The SMART program is made possible by a generous grant from the Lucent Technologies Foundation.
Information on the High School Bridge Building Contest is available at the 'hsbridge' website.

NOTE: The area code of most of Chicago is now 773. IIT, however, is still in the 312 area code.

Email address: smile@iit.edu

Smile Program - Dr. Porter Johnson
IIT-Dept of Biological, Chemical and Physical Sciences
IIT Center
Chicago IL 60616

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The 'Founding Fathers' of SMILE

                    Stark *

Ben Stark
                    Schug *

Ken Schug
                    DiVito *

Art DiVito

                    Zwicker *


Earl Zwicker
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