I-STEM, 2 universities get grant to work with Evansville Vanderburgh Schools

March 17, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The I-STEM Resource Network, based at Purdue University, has received a grant to work with 14 high-needs schools in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation.

Through the Math and Science Partnership Program grant, I-STEM will work with the Mathematics Department at the University of Southern Indiana and the Butler University College of Education in an effort to improve Evansville Vanderburgh teachers' content knowledge in mathematics by using science and engineering applications.

The goals are to develop teachers' conceptual understandings of mathematics; align science and mathematics instruction; and develop mathematics extensions and engineering modules that function as applications of the science curriculum.

The grant for the three-year program is $650,000. The project leader is Jennifer Hicks, K-12 science program manager in the Purdue Office of Engagement.

MSP is a federal competitive grant program administered by the states. It is designed to encourage universities and local school corporations to partner in activities that increase the knowledge and teaching skills of math and science teachers.

 The I-STEM Resource Network was formed in 2006 to expand STEM education in Indiana and improve student success. It is supported by grants from the Lilly Foundation, Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Commission for Higher Education, BioCrossroads, and the Lilly Endowment.  I-STEM is hosted by Purdue University.  

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432, jbaustin@purdue.edu

Source: Jennifer Hicks, 765-496-3523, hicks12@purdue.edu 

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