Monthly Archives: March 2016

AgBOT Challenge 2016: Hackathon II


Round two of the agBOT Challenge 2016 Hackathons is quickly approaching. The first Hackathon held in January was a huge success with interactions between teams, sponsors and ag leaders.

The events are being held to provide support to the teams entered in the upcoming agBot Challenge 2016 slated for May 6. Eleven teams from across the US and Canada have entered the competition to design unmanned planters, controlled remotely with highly sophisticated communication abilities.

Hackathon II will be held at the Parke County Fairgrounds in Rockville, Indiana on March 25th and 26th. All teams, sponsors and exhibitors are welcome to attend on-site or via virtual portal on the WebEx site set for the 36-hour event.

All attendees must pre-register for the event using the EventBrite link:

More details can be found here.

Robotics Project Fund Manager Opening

The TechPoint Foundation for Youth is hiring a Fund Manager to be responsible for the creation, management, facilitation and execution of the grant and fundraising process for the 2016, 2017 VEX IQ Robotics Statewide Grant Program (VEX IQ Program) for elementary students. The Fund Manager will work under the direction of the Statewide Robotics Director, and alongside our state and national partners to create an effective and efficient grant application and deployment process for schools wishing to participate in the VEX IQ Program. In addition, the Fund Manager will be charged with donor and foundation identification, prospecting, and cultivation, and when applicable, submit grant applications to ensure the project meets the predetermined fundraising goals.

This position will require a detail-oriented, highly organized individual with 2-3 years work experience in a similar or related field. Salary Range with excellent benefits and an awesome work environment is between $35K-$45K. This job would require some statewide travel and occasional weekends during the competition season.

If you are interested or know someone who would a good fit, please send along a resume + cover letter + references to  Complete position announcement is here.


Bright House Networks Futures Leaders is a technology scholarship program designed to recognize high school seniors in good standing in the Bright House Networks service area for their contributions to their schools and local communities.  Bright House Future Leaders will be named based on community service activities, leadership skills and an essay describing the importance of leadership and community service. Bright House Future Leaders winners will be awarded a computer laptop, software and carrying case. To qualify to be considered for this special recognition, students must meet the following:

  • Attend a high school in the Bright House Networks service area as a senior in good standing.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities in school activities or through work experiences
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to community service involvement.
  • In addition to the completed application form, applicants must include a typed minimum 500 word essay describing the importance of leadership and community service.

This year 12 local high school seniors around Central Indiana will be awarded a laptop, software and a carrying case all valued at $1,000.00.

More information can be found here.  The application can be found here.

INDOT Civil Engineering Scholarship

Eligible Civil Engineering students accepted into or currently enrolled in the School of Engineering at an ABET accredited Indiana college or university may apply for an INDOT Engineering Scholarship. Scholarship recipients also benefit by working for INDOT during summer breaks and after graduation. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Scholarship amounts are $3,125 per semester or $2,083 per trimester. Scholarships can be applied toward an undergraduate or graduate degree in Civil Engineering, or any combination thereof, not to exceed five years total with a maximum of two years toward a graduate program. Scholarship recipients must attend school full-time.

Applications for the 2016 – 2017 school year must be postmarked by March 31, 2016.  More information is available here.

State of Indiana Seeking Nominations for Mr. and Ms. Math and Science Awards

Governor Mike Pence today announced the State of Indiana is accepting nominations for the 2016 Mr. and Miss Math and Mr. and Miss Science awards. These honors recognize up to four outstanding high school seniors for their exemplary performance in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Winning students receive $1,000 college scholarships through Indiana’s CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan.

Indiana’s Mr. and Miss Math and Science awards honor the top high school seniors in STEM classes, as well as extracurricular activities, work/research projects, leadership roles, and community service. The nominations will be reviewed by a panel of STEM experts, including teachers, college and university instructors, and staff from the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Education Roundtable.

Read the complete press release here.

STEM-IN’ Newsletter for March – April 2016 Available

The latest issue of the STEM-IN” Newsletter is available here.  Topics include:

• STEM for Girl Scouts
• I-STEM Receives STEM Grant
• Marion County STEM Education Initiative
• Indiana Legislative Summary
• Out of School STEM Learning