STEM education

Girl Scouts Add New Badges To Promote STEM Education

Aug 31, 2018

Girl Scouts have more opportunities to show off their skills in science, technology, engineering and math after the organization introduced 30 new badges focused on STEM – several of which debuted this summer.

The new badges encourage girls to do things like design and program robots or investigate different parts of cybersecurity. Girl Scouts can earn those, and others like them, in kindergarten all the way through their senior year of high school.

A greater push for STEM education is setting the tone for many of this year’s legislative agendas, and part of that push is a bill in the House that would make it possible for elementary school teachers to earn a special license in math.

Ball State University professor Sheryl Stump says it’s an incentive for educators to learn more about and better teach the subject.

“According to the needs and plans of their school districts, they could continue to work primarily with students, or they could work as mathematics coaches or teacher leaders,” she says.

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It's fair season in Indiana. This means lots of 4-H activities happening around the state -- but they might not be the ones you're picturing.

Maddie Gearld and Haylee Drake are two stars of the Clay County 4-H robotics team. At this year's county fair, they showed a 3-D balsa wood frame they built from scratch.

It uses water and air pumped through syringes to make a wooden clamp lift a block onto a platform.

Vincennes University

 

Vincennes University is teaming up with Indiana manufacturers to recruit more women into tech and engineering jobs.

 

The public school will sponsor 46 women to live in a dedicated dorm while pursuing two-year science, technology, engineering or math degrees next fall.

 

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It’s a Friday morning at IUPUI, and about 20 middle-school kids are seated in the front of a second-floor classroom. They’re dressed up in their Sunday best—dresses, polos with starched collars—it’s a big day for them. Near the back of the room, parents outnumber the chairs two-to-one; many end up sitting on the floor.

State DOE Partners With Purdue To Strengthen STEM Education

May 20, 2014
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The state Department of Education is partnering with Purdue to help K-12 schools improve their efforts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education— commonly known as STEM.

At the Indiana STEM School Summit on the West Lafayette campus Tuesday, Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz says the university’s College of Education is providing key guidance in curriculum and teaching methods.