The John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School was developed not just by expert academics and teachers; a number of the region’s most dynamic technology and engineering corporations lent their expertise and support as well. And they continue to do so as the school flourishes. If you or your organization is interested in supporting the STEM School, contact Sherry Eagle at or 630-844-4626.

The following partners have contributed to the STEM School:

Aurora University (PDF)

Aurora University is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning, with more than 4,900 degree-seeking students enrolled at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. The university has a long tradition of preparing students for lives of service and leadership, and using its resources and expertise to meet the needs of the community. In addition to its fiscal contribution, Aurora University is donating the land for the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School.

Brookfield Zoo (PDF)

The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. Through our award­ winning exhibits and conservation programs, the Society takes a cutting edge approach to animal care and welfare and environmental conservation. Every year, the Society inspires over 2.1 million guests of all ages and abilities to make positive choices on behalf of the natural world.

CMC Materials (PDF)

Cabot Microelectronics, a leading supplier of advanced engineered materials used in the production of advanced semiconductor devices, provided financial support for a materials science laboratory at the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School. The Aurora-based company's mission is to create value by developing reliable and innovative solutions, through close customer collaboration, that solve today's challenges and help enable tomorrow's technology.

Caterpillar Foundation (PDF)

The Caterpillar Foundation made an investment in the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School to support the professional development of teachers in designing and implementing curriculum focused on manufacturing for students in third through eighth grades. Since 1952, the foundation has helped make sustainable progress possible around the world by providing program support in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to education and basic human needs.


Commonwealth Edison

Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70% of the state's population. Commonwealth Edison's contribution the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School will support energy-saving features in the building.

Dart Foundation

The Dart Foundation is a private family foundation that supports youth education programs, primarily in the STEM fields. The Dart Container Corporation, a worldwide corporation with a facility in North Aurora, facilitated the awarding of the Foundation's grant. The Dart Foundation's gift will support construction of classroom space in the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School.

Dunham Fund

The Dunham Fund, an early champion of the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School, has provided ongoing financial support for the planning and construction of the school since its Challenge for Change grant competition in 2008. The fund supports organizations that work to make the world a safer and more comfortable place for mankind to live and prosper, giving special consideration to Aurora area educational organizations.

Exelon Foundation

The Exelon Foundation became the first corporate foundation to support the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School by funding the Exelon Center for Energy Exploration. The mission of the independent, non-profit foundation is to encourage respect for the environment and strengthen the social and economic fabric of the community by supporting programs in the areas of environment and conservation, innovative math and science education, and diversity and tolerance.

Fermilab (PDF)

Fermilab is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory dedicated to exploring high-energy physics and uncovering the fundamental nature of matter and energy. Since its inception, Fermilab has been a world leader in particle physics, with discoveries including the bottom quark, top quark, and tau neutrino, three of the elementary particles that make up our universe.

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation's goals are to improve energy efficiency, advance the development of renewable energy resources and protect natural areas for people in communities all across Illinois. The Foundation awarded a High Performance Green Buildings grant to the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School that will support the school's goal of achieving LEED certification at the platinum level.

Morton Arboretum (PDF)

A world-class leader in education, The Morton Arboretum’s Education Department strives to meet the growing needs for youth, adults, schools and families in the field of tree science, and nature. Through the Thornhill Education Center, classes and other offerings serve 55,000 adults and youth, including 47,000 students from 575 schools who participate in field, lab and outreach programs.

Nicor Gas (PDF)

Nicor Gas, a subsidiary of AGL Resources, is one of the nation's largest gas distribution companies, serving more than two million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago. Nicor Gas will support a "GEARS" laboratory and curriculum focused on geology, energy and resources sustainability. The Partnership School's students will use the lab to explore topics such as mining, resource extraction and hydroelectric power, preparing them for fields that will be in high-demand in the decades ahead.

Scitech (PDF)

The mission of SciTech Hands On Museum is to inspire learning through creative, interactive activities and educational programs. Activities in SciTech’s interactive exhibits and programs explore a variety of concepts and are designed to promote and practice creative problem solving.

Tellabs Foundation

Tellabs Foundation will fund a global technology center as part of the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School, including wireless infrastructure and an educational web portal. The foundation, which advances strategic programs in education, health and the environment, is the philanthropic arm of Naperville-based Tellabs, which provides innovative mobile Internet and bandwidth management solutions for communication carriers around the world.


VVF, a worldwide manufacturing and marketing company of personal care products and oleochemicals with a facility in Montgomery, contributed funds to support a manufacturing laboratory in the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School. The laboratory will engage students in activities related to production, logistics and quality control.

Waste Management (PDF)

Waste Management, Inc., North America's leading provider of integrated environmental solutions, contributed funds to support a W laboratory focused on issues dealing with the environment. The company partners with customers and communities to manage and reduce waste from collection to disposal while recovering valuable resources and creating clean, renewable energy

At Scheck & Siress we believe in improving and restoring mobility and helping people achieve their goals by delivering the best quality prosthetic and orthotic care. The combination of both expertise and dedication have enabled our practitioners to deliver quality patient care, which has been our primary goal since our founding in 1953. Here at Scheck & Siress, our team is dedicated to advancing education, training, and involvement in their profession and community.