Category Archives: Indiana STEM News

US2020 STEM Coalition Challenge

US2020 is pleased to announce the launch of the STEM Coalition Challenge, a national initiative that will award $1 million in resources to 6 teams across the country that are igniting moments of discovery for students underrepresented in STEM.

The STEM Coalition Challenge: Mentoring and Making, supported by Eric and Wendy Schmidt and Arconic Foundation, invites both new and established local STEM initiatives to submit their best strategies for bringing new learning opportunity to kids – specifically girls, students from low-income families, and underrepresented students of color.

Applicants to the STEM Coalition Challenge will be eligible for access to full-time staff members to build capacity for their regions’ mentoring and maker-centered learning efforts, starting in Summer 2018. They will also compete for a prize package that includes $150,000 in cash grants, national visibility opportunities, evaluation tools and support, and membership in US2020’s national community of practice, including participation in two in-person convenings per year and access to STEM experts.

The first round application closes on November 17th — click here to learn more and to apply — and be sure to follow Challenge updates at @US_2020 and the #US2020Challenge.

Star Trek-Themed Science Convention Coming to Indy

A Star Trek-themed Science Convention will be held at the Wyndham West Hotel, Indianapolis, IN, on Thanksgiving Weekend: 11/24 – 11/26, 2017.  Hosted by Starbase Indy, the event will include STEM Workshops, Maroom (a puzzle room to test your STEM skills), robots, special guests, and lightsabers.

For more details, including registration and schedules, go to www.starbaseindy.org.

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.

National STEM Education Research and Practice Summit October 16-17, 2017

The National STEM Education Research and Practice Summit will be held at Purdue University on October 16-17, 2017. Nationally there has been incredible progress in the areas of STEM and STEM education over the past decade. This event is designed as a forum for STEM education researchers, as well as those enacting best practice in STEM education K-20 to come together and share their collective knowledge and experiences. The Summit will start on the evening of October 16th at 6 p.m. with an opening reception. The second day of the conference (October 17) will begin with sessions starting at 9 a.m. and running through the day with an approximate end time of 4 p.m. EST.

There are three strands in the National STEM Education Research and Practice Summit.

Strand 1: STEM Education Research
Strand 2: Best-practice in K-20 STEM Education
Strand 3: Resources for STEM Education

The schedule of presenters and sessions is available online now. Registration slots are filling up quickly. Please register soon to attend the event.

http://www.cvent.com/events/national-stem-education-research-and-practice-summit/event-summary-f666e56740cb478aa7963f7728df20d5.aspx

Things are Heating Up for Indy Women in Tech

Things are heating up for advocacy group Indy Women in Tech. This week it announced that its inaugural Indy Women in Tech Summit Sept. 5 will feature keynote speaker Mae Jemison, the first African-American women in space and founder and president of the Jemison Group and BioSentient Corp. She’ll speak to more than 350 local and national tech leaders on her “experiences and obstacles in the science and technology” sectors, the group said, “as well as what needs to be done today to redefine Indy’s tech community.” Also this week Ivy Tech Community College announced that its IvyWorks program, aimed at helping adults earn tech-sector credentials, will start classes Aug. 21. Indy Women in Tech provided a grant to support women in the program. And on Aug. 17, the inaugural “Ignite Your Superpower” STEM day, which targets middle-school girls, will take place at the University of Indianapolis. Indy Women in Tech partnered with Conner Prairie and Women & Hi Tech to put on the program.

EVSC Hosts STEM Camp

More than 200 students converged on Vogel Elementary School this week for the EVSC’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp. The camp is for students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade and is presented in partnership with the University of Southern Indiana, Butler University and I-STEM at Purdue University.

While the camp runs all week, tomorrow media is invited to see the work students are doing. They will be working on projects related to STEM that engages them in the work of scientists, technology specialists, engineers, and/or mathematicians. For instance, third graders will be digging for dinosaur fossils. In the past, groups have created roller coasters, made bouncy balls from Borax, built solar ovens and much more.

Gov. Holcomb Announces First STEM Team Award Winners

Governor Eric J. Holcomb, Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick and Treasurer Kelly Mitchell today announced the winners of the 2017 Governor’s STEM Team awards.

The awards highlight Indiana’s elite high school students for their work in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Each winner received a $1,000 college scholarship through Indiana’s CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan, letter jackets identifying them as members of the Governor’s STEM Team, and tickets to Gen Con Indy, the longest-running gaming convention in the world.

The awardees are:
Science – Ujwala Pamidimukkala (Columbus North High School)
Technology – Samantha Fassnacht (Westfield High School)
Engineering – Miranda Shook (Greenfield-Central High School)
Math – Truman Bennet (Marion High School)

“These four students have demonstrated excellence in subjects that are fueling the innovation and entrepreneurship to build our economic future,” Gov. Holcomb said. “It’s a pleasure to recognize their hard work on a statewide level and elevate Indiana’s academic superstars. I can’t wait to see where the future takes these bright young Hoosiers.”

“Success in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math drives our students and our state forward,” said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. “I am excited to see the passion for STEM exhibited by Ujwala, Samantha, Miranda and Truman, and I am honored to be a part of the 2017 Governor’s STEM Team award ceremony.”

For more details go to https://goo.gl/XO4da5.