Indiana STEM School Summit to Roll out New STEM School Certification
State Superintendent of Schools, Glenda Ritz, helped kick off an event that could lead to a STEM transformation of Indiana schools.
The Indiana STEM School Summit took place on May 20, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Purdue University on the main floor of the Discovery Hall of Learning. This event was sponsored by the Purdue University College of Education (COE), the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), and the Center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM (CATALYST), a collaborative center led by the COE and College of Science at Purdue. The focus of this event was to roll out the new Indiana STEM School Certification Framework, which will be used with schools who apply for recognition as an Indiana STEM School.
Along with Ritz, Purdue College of Education Dean Maryann Santos de Barona and new Associate Dean Carla C. Johnson also delivered opening remarks. During the morning, administrators and teachers from Lafayette’s Sunnyside Intermediate School and other national STEM schools made presentations about STEM classroom transformations they have implemented with the help of Purdue College of Education leaders.
The keynote address by David Burns, the Director of Battelle’s STEM Innovation Networks that includes the Ohio STEM Learning Network, the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network and STEMx, a collaboration of 11 state STEM networks, helped attendees understand the challenges they would face in “changing the system.” You can watch Mr. Burns’ TEDx talk here.
Dean Maryann Santos remarked, “We are very excited to help launch this important initiative in the State of Indiana. STEM education is about helping students learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by doing investigations, activities, and projects that put these subjects and other 21st Century Skills to use in practical, real-world applications. Our research (and that of many others) has found that students get excited and learn more about these subjects when they can actually use them to solve problems in active projects.”