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I-STEM Resource Network Named as Partner in 100Kin10, National Network to Grow STEM Teaching Force

I-STEM commits to advancing goal of recruiting, preparing, and retaining 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers in 10 years. Read More...

American Society for Engineering Education Conference in Indianapolis this Summer!

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is holding its 11th Engineering in K-12 Classrooms - ASEE Annual Teachers Workshop on Saturday, June 14, 2014, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana. Read More...

EPICS HIGH Summer Training Workshop to be held July 8-11, 2014 at Purdue University

EPICS engages high school teachers, students, and administrators in making an impact in their own community. It brings together multidisciplinary teams across the curriculum to expose students to service-learning opportunities. Read More...

Conner Prairie to Host Passport to Hi-Tech March 8

Passport to Hi-Tech is THE place for girls ages 7-12 to learn about careers in science, engineering, biology and other STEM disciplines! Think of it as a ticket for your journey around our increasingly technological world. All ages are welcome to participate in this event featuring interactive exhibits and hands on experiments designed to inspire girls to discover more about biology, chemistry, engineering, manufacturing, computer science, and more. Read More...

Conner Prairie Presents Passport to Hi-Tech March 8

March 8
Free with paid general admission
Organized by Women & Hi-Tech and Conner Prairie Read More...

Passport to Hi-Tech

March 8
Free with paid general admission
Organized by Women & Hi-Tech and Conner Prairie Read More...

Passport to Hi-Tech

Passport to Hi-Tech
March 8
Free with paid general admission
Organized by Women & Hi-Tech and Conner Prairie Read More...

Conner Prairie Host Passport to Hi-Tech March 8

Passport to Hi-Tech is THE place for girls ages 7-12 to learn about careers in science, engineering, biology and other STEM disciplines! Think of it as a ticket for your journey around our increasingly technological world. All ages are welcome to participate in this event featuring interactive exhibits and hands on experiments designed to inspire girls to discover more about biology, chemistry, engineering, manufacturing, computer science, and more. Read More...

Test Message

The Child Care Resource Network is always available to help your clients, partners, and friends with their child care needs. We offer free child care referrals (online, phone, face-to-face, or even coming on-site) and consumer education and trainings to your families. We can help families throughout the area, it’s important for you to know that we can help state-wide with their child care search?. Read More...

Create & Play camps

reate & Play camps are week long day camps that run Monday through Friday from 9am – 4pm. Read More...

Top US students lag far behind top students around the world

Top U.S. students, those that are among the top 10 percent of the population, lag far behind the top students in the highest achieving countries, a gap that is far bigger than the gap between the bottom students in the United States and elsewhere. Read More...

Common Core In Indiana - Update

The Republican leaders of the General Assembly want Indiana to scrap the Common Core education standards and have the state adopt its own guidelines to prepare students for college and careers, a report [Dec. 1] said. Read More...

IndyStar: Indiana needs to obsess over building better-educated workforce

Here’s the number every political, business and academic leader in Indiana should obsess over in the year ahead: 42.

That number reflects Indiana’s rank, among all the states, in the education level of its workforce. Read More...

Project-Based Learning vs. Problem-Based Learning vs. X-BL

At the Buck Institute for Education, we've been keeping a list of the many types of "_____- based learning" we've run across over the years. Let's try to sort this out. Read More...

INDIANA’S COMPETITIVE ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE: THE OPPORTUNITY TO WIN THE GLOBAL COMPETITION FOR COLLEGE

This study was commissioned and coordinated by the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership with support from the Lilly Endowment. The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) engaged the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice to provide an independent, in-depth analysis to prepare this White Paper, with survey research support from Walker Information. Read More...

Purdue, Duke Energy expand STEM-focused program for high school students, secondary school teachers

he Purdue University Energy Center is expanding its annual, free summer program to more high school students and teachers with support from Indiana's largest electric supplier. Read More...

College STEM majors opting out for other degrees

"The problem is the rates of persisting in STEM have not changed and improved. Forty percent of students are leaving the major within four, five years." Read More...

Interim Study Committee on Common Core Educational Standards

Next Public Hearing: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 starting at 11AM. Read More...

Teachers praise new standards for classroom learning

A large majority of K-12 teachers say that new learning standards now being implemented in most states will improve students' thinking skills, a new survey suggests. Read More...

Why STEM Matters

About 3 million jobs are unfilled because Americans lack the basic technical skills to fill them. With many positions in science, technology, engineering and mathematics being filled by people born outside the country, the United States is stepping up its efforts and making STEM education a top priority. Read More...

Manufacturing Survey Suggests 'Renaissance' - Skills Gap Remains an Issue

One of the authors of an annual manufacturing study says this year's results show "the bad old days of cost-cutting are behind us." Associate Professor at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business Mark Frohlich says companies are demonstrating a "strong emphasis" on investing for growth and are "betting" on their employees, processes and products. He says the seventh annual Indiana Manufacturing Survey also reveals continuing concerns about the skills gap and rising material costs. Read More...

Common Core: Do You Know the Truth?

The latest edition of ASCD's Capitol Connection newsletter confronts widespread rumors and myths about the Common Core State Standards and provides resources for understanding the facts. You'll find information about the standards' implementation costs, the assessments being developed, student privacy concerns and more. You'll also find a rundown of the fourth annual Education Nation Summit -- a nationally broadcast conversation about improving education in the United States. Read More...

Florida District Putting In Intense STEM Curriculum

As a part of the Polk County School District's approach to ensuring a rigorous curriculum and keeping high-achieving students in the school system, an intense new curriculum is being implemented at selected schools, thanks to an $11 million infusion from the state.

District officials call it EduSTEM, a curriculum that focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathe­matics. Read More...

Flatlining SAT scores are 'a call to action' for educators

SAT scores for the latest crop of graduating seniors are virtually stagnant for the fifth year in a row, the College Board reported Thursday. Fewer than half of test takers met the benchmark for readiness to do college-level work. Read More...

UA helps area teachers transition to new STEM curriculum

A group of professors at The University of Alabama is helping K-12 teachers in West Alabama change how they teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, subjects. Read More...

Teaching a new kind of STEM

Purdue is one of the first universities to develop a program that seeks to infuse science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a new initiative geared toward future educators. It will consist of a specialization program in which anyone in the College of Education can choose to enroll and will also bring in six new professors to develop a research program. Read More...

2013 Condition of College and Career Readiness

ACT Reports the 2013 Condition of College and Career Readiness Read More...

STEM Summer Camp Opportunity for Kids 7-17

Ages 7-17 create apps, programs, video games, and more. Held at Stanford and 60 prestigious universities nationwide. Also 2-week, teen-only Academies: iD Programming Academy, iD Gaming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy. Read More...

Study: Eighth-graders in more than half of U.S. states better than average in math and science

Eighth-graders in more than half the U.S. states did better than average on an international test in math and science, but the top students lagged behind South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan, according to a study released by the federal government Thursday. Read More...

Indiana Department of Education Elementary STEM Integration Maps

The Elementary STEM Integration Maps have been created to assist elementary teachers in integrating content in a meaningful way while focusing on Indiana’s STEM initiative. Read More...

IEEE: The STEM Crisis Is a Myth

An IEEE Spectrum October feature article declares that the so-called skills gap in STEM fields is, well, fiction. The author notes that, “Every year U.S. schools grant more STEM degrees than there are available jobs. When you factor in H-1B visa holders, existing STEM degree holders, and the like, it’s hard to make a case that there’s a STEM labor shortage.” Read More...

The Sea Change in Science Education: Corporate Stakeholders Step Up

Corporate America has long been supportive of high school and college prep programs for science, often pouring tens of millions of dollars into robotics leagues, scholarships and incubators. According to a study by the Business Higher Education Forum, 60 Percent of students lose interest in science and mathematics between 1st and 8th grade with a precipitous drop in 5th grade. Read More...

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he will implement science standards

Gov. Steve Beshear said he plans to implement a controversial revision of science education despite a legislative committee’s rejection of it Wednesday. The Next Generation Science Standards, developed by a coalition of 26 states during the past two years, will update teachings on most scientific subjects, including evolution and climate change Read More...

STEMconnector Town Hall: Next Steps for STEM Schools

STEMconnector® and Next Steps Institute hosted the finale of our 3-part TownHall series focused on Next Steps for STEM Schools. The final event turned to the field exploring aspect of how "STEM" is being integrated into schools. Read More...

Indiana Joins STEMx Network

STEMx™ Network of State STEM Organizations Grows to 19 Georgia and Indiana are the latest to join Read More...

From StateImpact: Common Core: Right For Indiana, Or Less Rigorous Than Old Standards?

A panel of state lawmakers tasked with reviewing the Common Core have opened a formal debate over which set of academic standards Indiana will use next. Read More...

Initiative

Indiana Science Initiative

Along with the Indiana Department of Education and Eli Lilly and Company, we are working to reform K-8 science education in Indiana through the Indiana Science Initiative (ISI). ISI started with the creation of Indiana’s Strategic Plan for Science Education Reform in December 2008 by a committee of K-12 educators, scientists, government agents, higher education faculty and led by the National Science Resources Center.