Category Archives: Indiana STEM News

Indiana State and Bev Bitzegaio Honored for STEM Leadership

The Indiana Conference for Women is dedicated to the educational and professional development of women in Indiana and the Midwest.  Million Women Mentors – Indiana participated in the annual Indiana Conference for women on November 7th, in part to honor significant contributions to STEM education for women and girls.  Sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College and Rolls-Royce, MWM-IN presented the Indiana MWM Stand Up for STEM Award to recognize and celebrate the work of companies, individuals and organizations in Indiana that have contributed significantly to advancing women and girls in STEM careers through MWM and mentoring.

Indiana’s Honorary Chair of Million Women Mentors, Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech made the presentation to Indiana State University and Bev Bitzegaio. Reginald McGregor from Rolls-Royce joined in congratulating Bev on stage.

The Indiana State University College of Technology has employed strategies over the past 15 years to increase the enrollment, persistence, and success of women in engineering and technology fields. Two of the most significant efforts have been closely connected with mentoring: the Females in Technology, a student organization in its 12th year that supports and connects female students in technology and Destination Success, a career readiness program started last year. These efforts have helped the ISU College of Technology increase female enrollment from 5% to nearly 12%. More importantly than the increased enrollment numbers is the influence mentoring has on the students to encourage other young women to explore options in STEM career fields.

The December Issue of STEM-IN’ News is Available

The December issue of the STEM-IN’ newsletter is now available here.

In This Issue:

  • Carel Associates Expand High School STEM College Readiness
  • Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine Expands Afterschool Science Program
  • Project Based Learning Professional Development
  • Indiana Pacers STEM Fest 2018

Registration Underway for 2018 Duke Energy Academy at Purdue

The Duke Energy Academy at Purdue is accepting admission from high school juniors and seniors and secondary teachers for the 2018 program in June at the Purdue University campus.

Each year, 50 students and 34 teachers are selected to participate in the immersive, weeklong academy, which focuses on the energy sciences and engineering. Participation is free of charge, and a $400 stipend is awarded to teachers who complete the program.

This year’s event will be June 18-24. The deadline to register is Jan. 16. Registration and more information are available here.

Indiana DOE Prioritizes STEM, CTE and College & Career Readiness for 2018

The Indiana Department of Education has outlined its strategic policy priorities ahead of the 2018 legislative session. Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says the goal of the proposed policies is to “create a rich, innovative and immersive education environment” for students.

STEM, especially for K-5, is a key part of the plans.

Read the complete article here.

See the priorities here.

State Chamber of Commerce Seeks More STEM Education in 2018

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce emphasized education in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, in its plans for the 2018 legislative session. Chamber Vice President of Education, Workforce Development and Federal Relations, Caryl Auslander, says a major focus is on making computer science a prerequisite for high school graduation.

To read the complete article click here.

Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine Expands Afterschool Science Program Nationwide

An afterschool role-modeling program aimed at diversifying the veterinarian-scientist workforce is expanding with the help of four veterinary schools and colleges that received grants to partner with the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.

This is How We “Role,” is a program designed to increase awareness of the vital role that veterinarians play in keeping people and their animals healthy.

The program focuses on elementary school students, a group that is particularly important to reach regarding the importance of veterinary medicine. It is supported by the Science Education Partnership Award program of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, a part of the National Institutes of Health.

For more information, click here.

Google to Kick Off Its Grow with Google Tour in Indianapolis

Google has announced its Grow with Google Tour, an initiative to advance economic opportunity with skills training to towns and cities across America.

Google will launch the tour in Indianapolis with a Grow with Google event to help job seekers, students, teachers, entrepreneurs and small business owners improve their digital skills. Attendees at the Indianapolis event to receive valuable job training and tech industry insights.

Working in partnership with EmployIndy, the Indianapolis Public Library, TechPoint, Ivy Tech Community College, Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana, Indy Chamber and Student Veterans of America, Google will bring in-person training programs directly to Indiana job seekers and learners. The event will take place on November 10th and 11th at the Indiana State Museum.

Click here for more information.

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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