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Lilly Experience for Teachers of STEM Opens Registration

Attention Indiana STEM Teachers (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Math and Technology):

  • Would you like to start your summer by making $500 in 2 days at Lilly’s Indianapolis campus on June 12-13, 2018?
  • Would you like to meet and collaborate with Lilly scientists and engineers plus other Indiana STEM teachers?
  • Would you enjoy creating labs and lesson plans to be shared across the state and the U.S.?
  • Would you like a few more great answers to give to students who ask: “When will I use STEM?”

If you answered YES to these questions, then “LETS”—the Lilly Experience for Teachers of STEM—is for you! We are seeking expert STEM teachers from across Indiana to make this innovative program a success. Our goal is to leverage your expertise and talents to create lesson plans to share across Indiana, sparking even greater interest and appreciation for STEM subjects and careers.

Additional information is provided online at  If you’re interested, please fill out the short application form by February 16, 2018.  The application will take only 1-2 minutes to complete.  Teachers selected to participate in the 2018 Lilly Experience for Teachers of STEM will be notified by March 6, 2018.

Questions? Please see the frequently asked questions (FAQs) section or contact

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

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.

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.

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.