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STEM events of interest

Registration is now open for Indiana STEM Taskforce Meeting May 2 at Conner Prairie

Registration is now open for the Spring 2017 Indiana STEM Education Taskforce Meeting to be held on May 2, 2017 at Conner Prairie in Fishers.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10AM EDT and should end at 3PM.  The theme for this meeting is College and Career Readiness: Building Learning Ecosystems Across Indiana.  The keynote speaker for this event will be Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Indiana Department of Education.

Please register for this event (no cost!) and indicate any dietary requirements also.  An updated agenda is available at the registration site too.

Please click on this link to register: .


Young Innovators Summer Program Accepting Applications

The Young Innovators Quest (YiQ) summer program provides opportunities for high school students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) and medicine to conduct research and explore ways to enhance their creativity in a motivating, hands-on environment.  Click here for more information.

Now Accepting Applications at:
Application Deadlines:
Early Bird: March 10, 2017 | Regular: April 30, 2017

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 for more information.

Project Based Learning Professional Development for K-16 Educators, Instructional Coaches, and Administrators Coming in June 2017

This June Magnify Learning will offer three 4-day open enrollment sessions on Project Based Learning professional development for K-16 educators, instructional coaches, and administrators. Sessions will be held June 19-22 in three Indiana locations:  Columbus, Indianapolis, and Plymouth.  At each of the workshops, the daily hours will be from 8 am to 3 pm. School groups (including administrators) are encouraged to attend in order to work together toward the establishment of collaborative PBL systems designed to meet their particular school culture and needs. Upon the successful completion of each 4-day workshop, participants receive a certificate for earning 28 Professional Growth Points.

You can register at:

Workshop Locations

PBL Academy

Columbus Signature Academy HS  
2205 25th Street
Columbus, IN 4720

PBL Institute

Indianapolis, IN (TBD)

PBL Northern Workshop

Riverside Intermediate
905 E. Baker Street,
Plymouth, IN 46563

Workshop Costs

The cost to participate in the 4 day session is —
$315- Groups of 5 or more
All members of a school team of 5 or more, including at least one administer, attending the workshops will receive a 10% reduction in their fees.

Workshop Pathways

Participants have the opportunity to choose between various workshop pathways:

PBL 101

  • Experience a Project Based Learning environment while you learn the nuts and bolts of PBL.  You will leave the four day workshop with a fully vetted PBL unit you are ready to implement with confidence!

PBL 201/301

  • If you have already been through our PBL 101 workshop, you will enjoy this next step as you drive your own process through Need to Knows to help create deeper learning experiences for students, a year long curriculum map, and the basics of earning PBL Certification.

PBL for Administrators/Instructional Coaches

  • For our classroom environments to change, we have to support our teachers in different ways.  Come learn how to help your teachers create classrooms that are student-centered by creating professional development that is teacher-centered.

PBL Certification

  • Educators with at least two years of PBL experience will work with a PBL Certified facilitator who will guide and support their work during the four day process.  This four day process will provide applicants with immediate support and clarification of all materials needed to validate authentic PBL classroom work and required to complete the PBL certification process.  There will also be an opportunity for applicants to interact with other participants during the four day PBL event.  For more information your can click on PBL Certification located on our website:

A Recipe for Success: How to Make STEM More Yummy!

Join Elizabeth Gajdzik, STEM expert, for a workshop on STEM education best practices and engage in a hands-on STEM activity that will help you address the shift to problem-based learning and the integration of math, science and engineering practices.

STEM in Action: 
Earthquake Technologies
STRUCTURAL Engineering—compare different types of earthquake technologies and plan, design, build & test a building that is more earthquake-resistant, while keeping in budget.

Portillo’s Restaurant
555 E. 81st Avenue
Merrillville, IN 46410
Monday November 14, 2016
3:30 – 3:45 – Registration
3:45 – 5:15 – Presentation & Hands-on STEM Activity
5:15 – 5:30 – Q&A and Door Prizes
Food and refreshments provided!

Register now! Space is limited!
RSVP by 11/10 to secure your place

Second Annual Indiana STEM Education Conference will be January 12, 2017

Indiana STEM Education Conference

The second-annual Indiana STEM Education Conference will be held at Purdue University on January 12, 2017. The Purdue University College of Education and Center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM (CATALYST), the Indiana Department of Education, CATALYST, and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education are proud sponsors of the conference. Indiana has increased momentum in K-12 STEM education over the past few years and this event is designed to capitalize on the knowledge and experiences that have been generated to continue moving Indiana forward. The goal of the conference is to provide a platform for dissemination of best practice in K-12 STEM teaching and learning in Indiana. There will be three strands that organize the conference: K-12 STEM practice, STEM education research, and STEM resources.

Strand 1: K-12 STEM Practice will include selected presentations and workshops from individuals and teams from Indiana K-12 schools who are implementing STEM programs and school approaches. For example, sessions on problem and project based pedagogy, engineering design process, integrated STEM curriculum development, strategic planning, the new Indiana science standards, or science education, mathematics education, and/or engineering education practices will be offered.

Strand 2: STEM Education Research will include invited presentations from leading STEM education researchers within Indiana who are examining pressing challenges in K-12 STEM education. For example, sessions on integrated STEM education, mathematics education, science education, engineering education, technology education, etc. will be offered.

Strand 3: STEM Resources will include many invited organizations and other community partners from across the state that have resources available to support STEM education. The focus will be for partners in this strand to connect with participants to help support the growth of STEM programs and focus within IN schools.

The daylong conference will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with lunch and parking included in the registration fee. All participants will have multiple offerings to select from for each of the five sessions across the day. Participants can choose selections from any and all strands as well.

To register for the conference – click here. The number of participants for this event is limited, so please register early to attend.


If you are interested in presenting a session at the Indiana STEM Conference, please see submit your proposal here.

Indiana Department of Education Schedules ESSA Listening Tour

ESSA Listening Tour:  The Indiana Department of Education is planning the following opportunities for Indiana ESSA plan input at upcoming regional events.  Each event will encompass dedicated time in a community forum approach to discuss deeply School Improvement and dedicated time to discuss other ESSA components. Specific times and locations will be announced soon.

Date & Time Locations Facility
4:30 p. m. – 6:30 p.m.
Indianapolis Decatur Central High School
5251 Kentucky Avenue
Indianapolis, 46221
5:00 p. m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fort Wayne Wayne High School
9100 Winchester Road
Fort Wayne, 46819
4:30 p. m. – 6:30 p.m.
Evansville TBD
4:30 p. m. – 6:30 p.m.
Merrillville TBD
4:30 p. m. – 6:30 p.m.
Richmond McGuire Hall
350 Hub Etchison Pkwy
Richmond, IN 47374
4:30 p. m. – 6:30 p.m.
New Albany TBD
4:30 p. m. – 6:30 p.m.
South Bend Monroe Primary
312 Donmoyer Avenue
South Bend, IN 46614
4:30 p. m. – 6:30 p.m.
Terre Haute TBD
4:30 p. m. – 6:30 p.m.
Kokomo TBD

The Fort Wayne listening tour session will take place from 5:00-7:00 p.m. – All of the others will be from 4:30- 6:30 p.m., local time