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

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 ( 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

Energy 2 Educate Awards Available

Constellation ( 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

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.

Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Join the Picture-Perfect STEM Authors at an Upcoming Keynote and/or Workshop at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Using Children’s Books to Guide Inquiry

September 14, 2017, 4:30pm to 7:30pm

  • $10 Educator Outreach Event for Educators K-5

September 15, 2017, 9:00pm to 4:00pm

  • $199 Picture-Perfect STEM workshop for Educators K-5

Click here for more details.

Questions: Becky Wolfe at 317-334-4000

Register at

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.