Funding, Grants & Awards
5 Indiana STEM Initiatives Share $105,000 in Grants
Five educational institutions in Indiana have been awarded grants of $15,000
to $30,000 each intended to improve student interest and engagement in science,
technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, has granted a
total of $105,000 to STEM programs at Ball State University Foundation in
Muncie, Paul Harding Junior High School in Fort Wayne, Indy Learning Centers at
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indiana School for the Deaf
in Indianapolis, and Washington Irving School 14 in Indianapolis.
According to a statement from the Verizon Foundation, the programs were
established to "enable students to explore in STEM in new, innovative ways,
increase teachers' efficiency in integrating technology into the classroom and
create more personalized learning environments to help students succeed."
Ball State University received $15,000 to
establish a STEM exploration program for middle school girls in East Central
Indiana. The girls will participate in activities based on the theme of
planetary investigation. They will visit the university's planetarium and work
in small collaborative teams at a summer science camp. The program will
introduce the girls to astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, geology,
mathematics, technology and engineering.
Paul Harding Junior High School received $20,000 to extend its robotics program to 290 students. Hands-on
robotics coursework will be integrated into the students' science classes.
Students in grades 3-6 will also participate in robotics
demonstrations and scenario-based activities.
Indy Learning Centers at Indiana
University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) received $30,000 to partner
with school and community-based centers to bring IUPUI students to K-12 schools
to provide individual and classroom tutoring sessions.
Indiana School for the Deaf received $20,000 to introduce manufacturing prototyping coursework to teach
students how to create objects for virtual environments using tools such as
Autodesk AutoCAD, Inventor 3D CAD, SketchUp, Blender and LightWave3D.
Washington Irving School
14 received $20,000 to establish sustainable Project Lead the Way
curriculum, including STEM programming for grades two through six in this
school with a high population of economically disadvantaged students.
According to information from the company, "the goal of many Verizon-funded
programs is to find ways to connect with students earlier in their studies so
that innovative programs can help create a STEM-literate workforce."
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].