Monthly Archives: July 2015

Advanced Placement Training & Incentive Program Fall Conference

AP-TIP IN Fall Conference

Professional Development for AP math, science, and English teachers

September 18, 2015

Lawrence Education and Community Center, 6501 Sunnyside Boulevard, Indianapolis, Indiana

8:30 a.m. — 5:30 p.m.

Registration Cost: $199 per participant (non-refundable)

  • One day conference — eight hours of professional development including lunch.
  • Sessions focus on practical classroom application and will include topics from the APSI, framing AP instruction to include rigor, soft landing strategies for struggling students, designing assessments for AP, developing inquiry investigations for science re-design, etc.
  • Instructors are AP Consultants who instruct at AP Summer Institutes and fellow colleagues sharing best practice strategies in your classrooms.
  • PGPs will be provided following the conference.

Registration OPENS July 9, 2015 and CLOSES August 28, 2015

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STEM Camp Kicks Off for Tri-State Students

STEM Camp2015School may not officially resume for a couple more weeks, but about one hundred Evansville students are already back in the classroom to learn about science and math. 58 EVSC teachers are taking part in the camp also.
‘STEM Camp’ is happening this week at Fairlawn Elementary. Students are learning the core S.T.E.M. principles -which include Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
The camp is funded by a grant in which the EVSC partners with USI, Purdue University, Butler University, and the I-STEM Resource Network. It’s designed to integrate math and science, while strengthening the student’s skills.
“Right now a lot of our teachers do teach science in Evansville they’ve been part of the Indiana Science Initiative which is managed by Purdue University… so they do teach science in the classrooms but it’s not very intentional when it comes to the mathematics component. We’re hoping the students have a deeper conceptual understanding of math in that they can see the math in the science more readily,” said Jenny Hicks, Science Program Manager at I-STEM.
For example, on Monday the students are learning how to identify animals – even fantasy ones like ‘Big Foot.’ They’re not only identifying animal footprints — but then measuring them and comparing them to others.
See the story and watch the video here.

IUPUI internship program inspires future STEM educators

Solving some of the world’s greatest fairy-tale mysteries may be the next breakthrough for young forensic investigators in Indianapolis. Did the big bad wolf actually blow down the three little pigs’ houses? Is Cinderella really the owner of the glass slipper? Hannah Caito, a senior forensics and biology student at the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, uses forensic science to make mysteries like these come to life for visitors of all ages at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. As one of eight science undergraduate students involved in the STEM Summer Internship, Caito works in the interactive biotechnology learning center of the Children’s Museum creating hands-on exhibits that spark and nurture children’s interest in science.

Read the complete article here.

Program Seeks to Encourage Girls to Pursue Engineering

Purdue students participate in Women in Engineering outreach programs each semester.

As a middle and high school student, Anna Walter spent a week each summer studying engineering at Purdue University. Now Walter is back at the university as a graduate student in the materials engineering department, and she’s sharing her passion for science with another generation of girls. “It made me feel like I could be an engineer, to see that there were women who were doing it and to sort of learn more about it,” Walter said. “I really wanted to give that to other people too.” Walter is one of about 40 Purdue students who participate in Women in Engineering outreach programs each semester.

Read the complete article here.

Purdue event helps girls’ interest in STEM flower

Today, women hold less than a quarter of all STEM jobs. Beth Holloway, director of the Women in Engineering Program and assistant dean of undergraduate education for the College of Engineering at Purdue University, is trying to change that. On July 11, Holloway and other Purdue engineering faculty and students welcomed approximately 100 girls for the third-annual Engineering FYI: For Your Imagination event at the university’s West Lafayette, Ind., campus. The event is tailored to students who have finished sixth, seventh and eighth grades because research says those are critical ages for maintaining their interest in STEM subjects.

Read the complete article here.

Google sponsorship funds IU research on what triggers early interest in STEM

Google Inc. has awarded $150,000 to two Indiana University researchers to support a study of how early experiences can trigger and maintain an interest in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Adam Maltese, associate professor of science education, and Kylie Peppler, associate professor of learning sciences, both in the School of Education at IU Bloomington, will examine how “making” — building, tinkering, taking things apart — can promote a scientific mindset in young people.

“While we know that making has played a role in triggering STEM interest, we know far less about the specifics of these making experiences that generate and maintain interest over time,” Maltese said. “We also know very little about the relationship between these experiences and the pursuit of STEM degrees and careers.”

See the complete press release here.

STEM-IN’ Newsletter Premier Edition Available

The premiere edition of the STEM-IN’ Newsletter is now available here.  STEM-IN’ is a bimonthly newsletter published by I-STEM.  The goal is to improve communications about important and newsworthy STEM topics.