The Indiana Department of Education has identified a great need for more rigorous and engaging STEM education and in 2012 began the development of a statewide STEM education plan. The plan has been piloted and implemented in the 2014–2015 school year with the first round of IDOE STEM Certified School being awarded in the spring of 2015. The tools and resources below have been developed to ensure schools can successfully implement a STEM education plan at the local level. It is the intent of the plan to provide resources that will enable schools to become STEM Schools. An IDOE approved STEM Certification process and application for schools that want to be recognized as STEM Certified School is now in place. IDOE hopes to continue creating a STEM school network promoting a collaboration of best practices to promote STEM Education.
The state legislature approved STEM Alignment Funds for the Indiana Department of Education in the 2017-2018 state budget; the first such funding in Indiana, designed to foster the development of a statewide strategy to provide consistent and equitable access to daily science, technology and engineering education in grades K-12. The Indiana Department of Education is taking immediate action with the awarded funding to begin the strategic development and implementation processes. An Indiana state-wide STEM Council has been formed to identify the guiding steps involved in creating a comprehensive strategic plan for STEM education serving Indiana students by intentionally and deliberately connecting to higher education and workforce opportunities.
The STEM Council will meet periodically over the next year to develop a statewide STEM plan. Meetings are open to the public, but attendees will be in observation and listen mode only. Technical working groups will be established throughout the year to feed into the STEM Council’s final plan. If you are interested in joining a technical working group, please contact Jenn Watts at email@example.com.
Meeting dates and times are as follows:
Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 @ 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Thursday, May 3, 2018 @ 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Thursday, September 6, 2018 @ 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Thursday, November 15, 2018 @ 2:30 – 4:00 pm
You can find meeting locations, research, notes and materials from these meetings on the following repository site:
Modified from the STEM Immersion Matrix for Schools and Districts © 2012, The Immersion Guide © 2013, created by and work product of The Arizona STEM Network, led by Science Foundation of Arizona in collaboration with Maricopa County Education Service Agency.
School Year Prior to STEM Implementation
Year 1 of Implementation
The Indiana Department of Education is excited to announce the following STEM Certified Schools! These schools are models for Indiana and their commitment to teaching the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math, ultimately preparing students for success in the 21st century. These STEM Certified Schools exemplify a highly non-traditional approach to education by employing a great deal of inquiry, project based learning, community engagement, entrepreneurship, student centered classrooms, and out-of-school STEM activities. STEM Certified Schools have been able to accomplish this feat while following educational policies set by the state and excelling under the system of accountability. The following schools went through a rigorous application and review process in order to be awarded and while these are some of the first, other schools will be able to build on their accomplishments.
Congratulations to the following schools for achieving Full STEM Certification!
STEM in CTE
STEM Teacher Organizations
- HASTI - Hoosier Association of Science Teachers Incorporated
- ICTM - Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics
- HAMTE - Hoosier Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
- ICE - Indiana Computer Educators
- ETEI - Engineering/Technology Educators of Indiana
STEM Partner Collaboration
- Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana (CLCNWI): CLCNWI is a space science themed education center dedicated to continuing the mission of the Challenger 51L Space Shuttle Crew. The center offers both onsite and virtual STEM experiences for students of all ages, providing interactive mission simulations and programs as well as resources and training for teachers.
- Indiana Afterschool Network: The Indiana Afterschool Network strives to build a sustainable network of cross-sector partnerships at the state, regional, and local levels to advance public policy, increase funding and resources, and promote quality afterschool and summer learning programs throughout Indiana.
- Indiana STEM Resource Network: The I-STEM Resource Network is a partnership of Indiana's public and private higher education institutions, K-12 schools, businesses, and government. It is dedicated to measurably improving K-12 student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
- Indiana Association for Career and Technical Education: Indiana ACTE is committed to doing all it can to promote and strengthen career education for today's youth. Whether they are college bound, struggling to find meaning in school, or somewhere in between, CTE students will go on to become the leaders in the workforce and careers of tomorrow.
- EcO15: Creating a regional system of life-long learning by connecting the residents of ten counties within rural Southeast Indiana to better economic opportunities through education by the year 2015 and beyond.
- Ethos Science Center: Envision schools where hands-on science and technology are taught on a regular and consistent basis by knowledgeable, well-prepared teachers using materials that facilitate science learning while reinforcing mathematics and language arts goals.
- Portal Resources for Indiana Science and Mathematics (PRISM): PRISM is a free website that provides collections of online resources for Indiana educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
- TechPoint Foundation for Youth: TechPoint Foundation for Youth is a nonprofit venture philanthropic organization with the mission to inspire the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) leaders among Indiana's underserved youth populations.