This page can become a master list of resources available to STEM educators in Michiana

It will be useful only if we populate it with resources, and do so economically. As the list grows, the organizational requirements will change. So post, organize and reorganize; shop early and often.


--A fully funded workshop for elementary school teachers at PurdueMarch 1, 2010 deadline!
INSPIRE, the Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning at Purdue University, will again host a one week professional development academy for elementary educators who are interested in learning about innovative ways to integrate STEM learning into their classrooms. The Summer Academy provides participating teachers with the chance to work alongside engineers and education researchers to learn what engineers do and how they solve problems, and what this means for educating young learners.

At the INSPIRE Academy, teachers get hands-on experience with science and mathematics standards-based curricula that are designed to convey the nature and practice of engineering. Teachers are also given the opportunity to practice teaching the engineering design process to young students before taking their new knowledge and skills into their own classrooms.

This year’s INSPIRE National Academy is being conducted at Purdue (West Lafayette campus) from July 18-23, and is open to teacher teams (up to 7) from school districts across the nation. It is a great professional development opportunity for those educators who are able to attend.

In addition, each participating teacher will receive a travel reimbursement as well as a $750 stipend, and will also be eligible to receive continuing education credits for completing the Academy.
There is a March 1st deadline for online team applications to attend the 2010 INSPIRE Summer Academy, and we encourage you to apply online.
For additional information, and to download the Call for Academy Applications, you can click on the link below, or please feel free to contact me directly:
https://engineering.purdue. edu/INSPIRE/News/Features/ 2010NationalINSPIRESummerAcade my

Daniel Somerville
P-16 Outreach Coordinator
Purdue FIRST Program Advisor
College of Engineering, Purdue University
Civil Engineering Building G-167D
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051

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ND Graduate Fellows

Schmitt and NDeRC Fellows involved in K-12 STEM activities


--An online interactive program for students grades 9 - 13 (really!)


--The Interactivate web site with resources

--Computational Science resources for mathematics learning (the wiki page with standards)
--Interactivate (the workshop)

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Welcome to the Michiana STEM funding home page!

Announcement: here's a chance to help a Michiana school with an unusually large and promising funding opportunity. There will be more and smaller opportunities through this same funding agency (US Cellular). For now, let's take this opportunity to vote for a $100K opportunity for our neighbor, Covenant Christian School in Mishawaka! Just click here for directions.

This site is dedicated to collecting funding opportunities for Michiana STEM activities. These opportunities include funded professional development opportunities, small grants for classroom supplies, etc, as well as funding for larger scale collaboration. Postings will be made under collaboration headings (grade- or subject-specific, general, etc.) with copies included in wikis dedicated to those collaborations.

Grade-level opportunities
Kindergarten Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8

Subject-level opportunities
Biology Chemistry Earth/Space Environmental Physics Technology/Computing

Multi-grade level
elementary middle school high school

Einstein Fellowship: Michiana could use an Einstein Fellow, a teacher who spends a funded year in Washington, DC working on federal STEM education issues. Consider applying by Jan 13, 2010!

...matches donors with public school teachers: click below (left) to visit their site, or watch their introductory video!