Leon Lederman

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1. Brief History

The idea grew out of the experience of Saturday Morning Phy9ic3 at Fermilab where we recognized that the exceptionally bright high school student was not being challenged by the generally good schools in the affluent suburbs.

An important event was a design workshop held on December of 1983 in which all the educational constituencies were represented: high schools, experts in gifted education, seven Illinois universities, community colleges, industrial research scientists, Fermilab and Argonne.

The proposal was formulated as a result of the curriculum design and presented to the Governor's Commission on Science and Technology and the Ta3k Force on Quality of Mathematics and Science Education in Illinois. It was discussed before the BHE and the SBE and approximately one million talks were given before meetings of PTA's, school superintendents, service clubs, etc. , etc.



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