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Initiative to Focus on Indiana’s STEM Legacy

Indiana Humanities has launched a statewide initiative aimed at celebrating the legacy of Hoosiers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The two-year initiative, known as Quantum Leap, will include grants, programs and other resources to explore the connections between the humanities and STEM.

The initiative will offer Quantum Leap Grants of up to $4,000 for libraries, museums, historical societies and other tax-exempt organizations to develop their own public programs exploring the intersection of STEM and the humanities. It will also feature programs including the INconversation Series, a series of radio vignettes known as “Sound Bites” and a special program honoring the 200th anniversary of the classic horror novel Frankenstein.

You can read more here.

March 2017 STEM-IN’ News

The March 2017 issue of the Indiana STEM-IN’ Newsletter is available here.

 In This Issue:

  • Save the Date!
  • Coming Events
  • Grant Opportunities
  • Resources for STEM Educators

Summer Research on Sustainable Electronics with Purdue University and Tuskegee University

Exciting Summer Research on Sustainable Electronics for High School Science Teachers Through
the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site Program.

Purdue University and Tuskegee University seek high school teachers (chemistry, physics, biology, engineering) to participate in summer research on sustainable electronics. Teachers will work on projects to make cell phones, laptops, and other electronic devices greener.

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January STEM-IN’ Newsletter Available

The January 2017 issue of the STEM-IN’ Newsletter is now available.  Topics include:

  • Coming Events
  • Grant Opportunities
  • Resources for STEM Educators

See the complete newsletter here.

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.

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.

ESSA Title IV, A Full Funding National Day of Action Launches October 26, 2016

On October 26, thousands of K-12 educators, counselors, technology specialists, librarians and more will engage in a national “Day of Action” to urge Congress to fully fund the flexible block grant (Title IV, Part A) recently authorized in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The block grant is designed to ensure that high needs districts have access to programs that foster safe and healthy students, provide students with a well-rounded education, and increase the effective use of technology in our nation’s schools.  Title IV A received far lower FY17 funding marks from the Senate ($1 billion) and House ($300 million)  Appropriations Committees than its $1.65 billion ESSA authorized level, raising the prospect that many districts will be unable to provide meaningful programming aligned with the clear intentions of ESSA’s authors.

This national “Day of Action” was initiated by the Title IV, Part A Coalition, an alliance comprised of more than 75 national organizations working together to advocate for maximum funding of the flexible block grant.

Under Title IVA, nearly every school district in the country would receive a yearly allocation of dollars that  they could expend to:  increase student access to STEM, computer science and accelerated learning courses; provide mental health services to students; address drug and violence prevention and provide training on trauma-informed practices; provide physical and health education programs and more instruction in the arts, music, and foreign languages; provide college and career counseling; fund effective school library programs; and provide educators with technology professional development opportunities and students with access to technology and digital materials.

“This national “Day of Action” around the Title IV block grant is critical because without an adequate investment from Congress this year, many school districts will be unable to fund numerous programmatic priorities, “ said Jon Bernstein, Co-Chair of the Title IV, A Coalition and Legislative Counsel for the International Society for Technology in Education. “On October 26, we hope that all educators, administrators and K-12 officials will call, write, or send a tweet to their member of Congress with this simple but powerful message: fully fund Title IV, A so that our districts can make meaningful investments in programs that advance education.”

“The SSAEG program is the result of Congress’ decision to consolidate more than 20 programs under No Child Left Behind into a single formula-funded flexible block grant program that allows districts to choose where best to spend their SSAEG dollars,” says Jodi Peterson of the National Science Teachers Association. “We need to see robust funding in the first year of funding for ESSA Title IV, A to work effectively to ensure that all low-income schools have the funding available to improve conditions for learning and help students receive a well-rounded education.”

DWD Awards $7.7 Million in Skill UP Grants to 12 Regional Partnerships

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today awarded 12 industry-led regional partnerships nearly $7.7 million during the second cycle of the Skill UP Indiana! grant program. The program provides funding to develop training and education programs that align with local employer needs. Awardees will use grant funds to equip Hoosiers with the skills necessary to fill the one million jobs projected to be available over the next decade.

See the complete press release and list here.

I-STEM Review of K-8 Science Curricula Completed

In anticipation of the adoption of new curricular materials for science in 2017, I-STEM Resource Network collaborated with Change the Equation, a national STEM education nonprofit, which has created STEMworks, a national honor roll of effective STEM education programs.  The I-STEM review committee, comprised of experienced K-8 science educators, administrators and content experts, evaluated STEM curricular programs against the rigorous STEMworks rubric and additional Indiana-specific criteria, specifically the process standards, designed to assess the quality of science curriculum.  The Purdue School of Engineering Education was helpful in expanding the Indiana criteria.  Details on the rubric are here.

Below are our recommendations for K-8 STEM curricula and the rating each received.

  • FOSS: Accomplished in every category
  • STC: Accomplished in everything but “Engage in Argument from Evidence”, where they scored a Developing rating
  • PLTW: Accomplished in everything but “Construct explanation and design solutions”, where they scored a Developing rating
  • Engineering is Elementary: Accomplished in everything except: “Develop and Use Models”, where they scored a Developing rating
  • Ten80: Accomplished in every category
  • SEPUP: Accomplished in every category.