The Indiana Department of Education’s STEM Certified Schools program prioritizes the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines – critical to preparing students for 21st Century success. 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.
The following schools went through a rigorous application and review process in order to earn the designation as STEM Certified Schools!
Congratulations to the following schools for achieving Full STEM Certification! View the STEM Certified Schools on an Indiana map, download a PDF or view a list online.
Schools working to achieve STEM School Certification should review the following materials:
- 2020-2021 STEM School Certification Guide
- 2020-2021 STEM School Certification Rubric Reference Excel Sheet
- 2020-2021 STEM School Evaluation Rubric |Reference
- STEM School Certification Presentation | Video
The resources listed here may be helpful for schools working to become STEM School Certified. Note: Descriptions for each resource listed below are derived from their respective website.
Ethos Science Center
Envision schools where Science and Technology are taught hands-on! Using materials that facilitate Science learning, while reinforcing Mathematics and English/Language Arts goals, students will learn hands-on from knowledgeable teachers on a regular and consistent basis. Visit the Ethos Science Center website to learn more.
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) STEM-Rich Afterschool Making Project
IMLS and the U.S. Department of Education (USED) launched an inter-agency collaboration with the New York Hall of Science to develop and implement STEM-rich making activities for 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs (21st CCLC). These activities are designed to empower students as “makers”, using engaging design-based challenges that are student driven, and lead to materials literacy, divergent solutions, meaningful reflection, and creative collaboration. There are six activities that can be implemented separately as a 60- to 90- minute session per day or grouped together to accommodate a longer day.
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 Association for Career and Technical Education (CTE)
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.
Interactive Periodic Table of STEM Occupations
Get details on STEM careers with this interactive periodic table highlighting STEM occupations instead of elements! Created as an accessible and engaging way for middle and high school students (and others) to learn about STEM occupations, the table features information (e.g., job duties, work environment, education, pay, job outlook, state and area data, similar occupations, and links) and short videos highlighting 24 STEM occupations, including chemist, computer information analyst, mechanical engineer, microbiologist, soil and plant scientist, geological petroleum technician, astronomer, physicist, and statistician.
TechPoint Foundation for Youth
TechPoint Foundation for Youth is a nonprofit venture philanthropic organization with the mission to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders among Indiana's underserved youth populations.
The National Security Agency (NSA)
The NSA works with schools serving kindergarten through 12th grade in a number of ways to promote STEM, as well as foreign language education. The Agency can provide professionals to serve as tutors, speakers (interactive talks on STEM-related topics), judges, assistance with robotics and language clubs, and more to inspire students to pursue advanced studies and promote career opportunities in STEM and foreign languages.
Women in STEM Report:
Share this report in middle school, high school, and undergraduate college classrooms to expand horizons and introduce students to the diversity and potential of STEM careers supported by the United State Geographical Survey (USGS). The report—A Snapshot of Women of the USGS in STEM and Related Careers—presents profiles of more than 70 women, past and present, engaged in STEM roles at the agency, including biologist, biological science technician, cartographer, chemist, ecologist, geographer, geologist, hydrologist, hydrologist technician, and physical scientist. The report also offers information about internships and other opportunities for high school and college students interested in pursuing careers at the agency, as well as links to information about the criteria needed for various USGS-related STEM careers.
The STEM Connection provides professional development to empower educators by sharing STEM content knowledge, developing STEM practices, and building confidence to provide more meaningful STEM experiences for youth. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics have an ever-increasing role in the world, and STEM experiences provide an opportunity to engage students early in their academic journeys in order to increase interest in and build positive attitudes toward STEM disciplines.
- Successful STEM Education
- Promising Practices in Undergraduate STEM Education
- Inclusive STEM High Schools
- Engineer Girl
- Girls Inc.
- Indiana Girls Collaborative Project
- Girl Scouts
- Girls in Aviation Day
- She Can STEM