Monthly Archives: December 2016

High school students, teachers can register for 2017 Duke Energy Academy at Purdue

Registration for the sixth annual Duke Energy Academy at Purdue is now open to high school juniors and seniors and secondary teachers. The 2017 program runs June 18-24 on the Purdue University campus.

Each year, 42 students and 42 teachers are selected to participate in the week-long academy focused on the energy sciences and engineering. Participation is free of charge, and teachers will receive a $400 stipend upon program completion.  For more details click here.

The registration deadline is Jan. 16 for the Duke Energy Academy at Purdue. Those interested in applying can visit http://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/energy/energyacademy for more information.

December Issue of STEM-IN’ News Now Available

The December 2016 issue of Indiana STEM-IN’ News is available here.

In This Issue:

  • Link Observatory Space Science Institute
  • TECHFIT: Merging STEM and Fitness
  • Indiana ESSA Call to Action
  • Statewide STEM Coalition Meeting Presentations

NYT: What America Can Learn About Smart Schools in Other Countries

Every three years, half a million 15-year-olds in 69 countries take a two-hour test designed to gauge their ability to think. Unlike other exams, the PISA, as it is known, does not assess what teenagers have memorized. Instead, it asks them to solve problems they haven’t seen before, to identify patterns that are not obvious and to make compelling written arguments. It tests the skills, in other words, that machines have not yet mastered.

The latest results, released Tuesday morning, reveal the United States to be treading water in the middle of the pool. In math, American teenagers performed slightly worse than they usually do on the PISA — below average for the developed world, which means they scored worse than nearly three dozen countries. They did about the same as always in science and reading, which is to say average for the developed world.

See the complete article here.