Monthly Archives: September 2015

I-STEM Resource Network awarded $442,956 grant

I-STEM Resource Network will receive $442,956 to continue its partnership with the South Bend Community School Corporation. The award is an Improving Teacher Quality Grant from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the U.S. Department of Education.

The funds provide continuation for “Creating a STEM Community of Practice,” a program with the South Bend schools, the I-STEM Resource Network, and Purdue’s colleges of Engineering and Education. The continuation of the grant will allow the addition of a new partner, Michigan City Schools.

South Bend teachers for grades 3-8 will work on the integration of science, mathematics, and engineering into the existing science curriculum. Goals of the partnership include developing STEM resource teachers in each school, new teacher mentoring, and growing an online STEM community to promote best practices.

It is expected to impact 2,800 students during the grant period.

“We are eager to continue developing STEM resource teachers as leaders within the district,” said Jenny Hicks, science program manager at the I-STEM Resource Network. “Resource teachers serve as mentors to new teachers and those who are new to teaching science and math in an integrated way.”

Read the complete press release here.

STEM-IN’ September – October Newsletter Available

The STEM-IN’ Newsletter for September – October 2015 is now available!  Articles include:

  • PLTW Adds Two New Programs
  • Ft. Wayne STEM
  • New Science Standards
  • Purdue’s Polytechnic Plans
  • Out of School STEM Learning

The issue is available here.

Momentum Grows For Bright House Networks Bright Ideas Stem From Today’s Youth Competition

More Than 120 Community Friends of STEM Encourage High School Students to Innovate
Indianapolis (August 26, 2015) –Communities throughout Bright House Networks service areas are championing its Bright Ideas STEM from Today’s Youth, a multi-state competition where high school students dream up the coolest inventions to make their own life, community or even the world, more awesome…and show how STEM – that’s science, technology, engineering and math, can bring their idea to life. Bright House Networks is pleased to announce that it currently has more than 120 Community Friends of STEM on board to help support the second year of its Bright Ideas program, which cultivates the changes our local youth can inspire and encourages their creativity to develop new ideas.

Bright House Networks Community Friends of STEM lend their support for and help promote the contest, and foster school and student participation. The list of Friends includes businesses and nonprofits throughout Bright House Networks service areas who work directly with the company to engage student innovators and encourage them to submit their Bright Ideas.

Read the complete release here.

The SFN Announces The Indiana STEM Ecosystem Initiative As One Of 27 Inaugural Communities To Launch The STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative

The STEM Funders Network (SFN) announced today that The Indiana STEM Ecosystem Initiative is one of the 27 communities selected from more than 70 applications to pilot the national STEM Ecosystems Initiative. This project, built on over a decade of research into successful STEM collaborations seeks to nurture and scale effective science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities for all young people. The Indiana STEM Ecosystem Initiative’s selection is a demonstration of their existing progress in developing a strong STEM community and recognition of the commitment to continue this work.

“These innovative communities are providing STEM learning opportunities for millions of young people both in- and out-of-school,” said SFN co-chairs Gerald Solomon, executive director, Samueli Foundation, and Ron Ottinger, executive director, Noyce Foundation. “It is an initiative to design the kind of infrastructure that ensures that STEM learning is truly ‘everywhere’ and is a top priority for communities supporting youth to develop the skills and knowledge they need for success in a global workforce.”

The Indiana STEM Ecosystem Initiative is lead by the Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN).  Other members of the Initiative include the I-STEM Resource Network, the Indiana Department of Education, The TechPoint Foundation for Youth, The Indiana Girls Collaborative Project, the Indiana STEM Education Research Institute, WisdomTools, Inc., Magnify Learning, the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, and NSWC Crane Naval Base.