Monthly Archives: September 2017

Engineering in the K-12 Classroom Workshop

Teachers are invited to participate in a 1-day Engineering in the K-12 Classroom workshop event, hosted by Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Frontiers in Education (FIE) conference in Indianapolis, on Saturday, Oct. 21st (fie2017.org). There are two tracks of workshops, elementary/early middle school and upper middle school/high school.

FIE Engineering in the K-12 Classroom Teacher Workshops
There are spaces available for 6 workshops that will take place during three timeslots on Saturday. There will be two concurrent sessions (one aimed at elementary/early middle school, and one aimed at upper middle/high school) running during three timeslots (see schedule here). The goal is for these to be highly interactive, hands-on sessions that empower teachers to pursue teaching engineering in their classrooms.

More information about the Frontiers in Education conference can be found here.

Purdue Invites 6th- to 8th-Graders to Free Engineering Program

Registration is open for a free after-school program providing hands-on engineering and science activities for students in sixth through eighth grades.

Innovation to Reality (I2R), sponsored by Purdue’s Women in Engineering Program, will focus on the theme of “Engineering Your Everyday World.” Students will explore how everyday items and systems are engineered to make people’s lives better. The program will include presentations, lab tours and hands-on activities coordinated by Purdue faculty and students.

The program will run 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 25-Nov. 15, on the Purdue campus. The deadline to register is Wednesday (Sept. 27). More information and online registration are available online.

Additional questions about the program may be directed to the Women in Engineering Program office at 765-494-3889 or wiep@purdue.edu.

Energy 2 Educate Awards Available

Constellation (www.constellation.com) has launched a new season of Energy 2 Educate which awards up to $25k for 6-12th grade projects and up to $50k for post-secondary projects around technologies in energy. These projects must include participation from at least 100 students, so they could be school wide or district/campus wide, depending on the project proposal.

Applications are open now; here is a one-page brief on the program. More information may also be found at https://www.constellation.com/community/e2-energy-to-educate.html.

I-STEM Receives Indiana STEM Teacher Recruitment and Retention Grant

The I-STEM proposal, STEM Teacher Retention Through Mentoring, received a grant for $531,789 from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.  This project, a partnership between I-STEM Resource Network at Purdue University and the University of Southern Indiana, Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne, the University of Notre Dame Center for STEM Education, Butler University and 11 school districts, will continue support of 90 current mentees statewide and add up to 10 new mentees who are in their first five years of classroom teaching; these mentees will be supported by 59 mentor teachers.