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Science Bound is a partnership between Purdue University, the Indianapolis Public Schools and the Indianapolis business community. It is designed to mentor low income students and help prepare them for careers in Engineering, Technology, Science, Agriculture and Math Science. Students are invited to join the Science Explorers program at the end of the fifth grade, and then official entry into Science Bound at the end of the eighth grade. At IPS, there are four major components:

  1. After School Workshops and Activities
  2. Parent Program
  3. Summer Camps and Internships
  4. Other projects and Workshops

After School Workshops and Activities

The after school workshops and activities are held twice a month. Mentor teachers from the various schools serve as the key point person for their school. Projects and workshops vary from school to school and grade to grade. Past after school activities have included forensic exercises, chemistry labs, robotics projects, guest speakers from Industry and Purdue University and tutoring. A number of the schools have teamed up with Science Bound Industrial partners for company-led projects (i.e. Rolls Royce works with Arsenal Tech to build solar cars, Raytheon works with Harshman Middle School to build catapults and provide company tours. Purdue University School of Veterinary Science has also established a Science Bound Vet Club at Crispus Attucks in Indianapolis.

Parent Program

Parents meet with industry professionals, learn about STEM career opportunities, and are kept abreast of Science Bound program activities, educated on what is expected of their child and kept abreast of how they can be better advocates for their children. A Parent Advisory Council works Purdue staff to establish agenda items and run the meetings. The Parent Program meets the first Tuesday of each month during the school year. At the end of each spring semester, a Parent Retreat is held at Purdue University. Also, parents are invited to attend the annual Purdue Christmas Show. » Learn More

Summer Camps and Internships

Summer camps are offered to Science Bound students who have maintained a 3.1 GPA, and a "B" average in Science and Math courses. These camps include:

  • Science Explorers Camp for rising 7th and 8th graders.
  • Biology, Vet or other camp opportunities for rising 9th, 10th & 11th graders in good standing.
  • Math courses are also offered to strengthen student analytical and problem solving skills
  • Rising 12th graders have opportunities for Internships with a participating industrial partners (Lilly, Rolls Royce, Shield Sexton, Applied Engineering, LaQuis, Bowen Engineering or Environmental Labs) or to conduct research with a professor at Purdue. Each year, 80 students or more participate in our summer camp, math workshop, internship or research opportunities.

After-school activities are at the heart of the Science Bound program. Twice a month, every IPS middle school and high school hosts an event for the program participants. These events include guest speakers from industry, including Rolls- Royce, one of the many companies that have been part of Science Bound from the beginning; student organizations from Purdue; tutoring sessions; lab experiments; plant tours; and various scientific- and engineering- related projects.

Program Requirements

In order to continue in the SCIENCE BOUND Program, You must:

  • Maintain a semester grade average of 3.1 or higher in English, Math Science and Foreign Language. *See Science Course Criteria Below
  • Successfully complete four years of mathematics through Calculus with a 3.1 GPA or higher. *See Math Course Criteria Below
  • Successfully complete four years of science through Physics I with a 3.1 GPA or higher.
  • Students who do not receive an "A or B" in math or science class will need to retake the course.
  • Participate in at least 75% of Science Bound events as identified by Attendance Point System.
  • Maintain a journal of your Science Bound experience, prepare yearly oral presentation about your Science Bound experience and justify why you should be allowed to continue to participate in the Science Bound Program.
  • Attend tutoring sessions if Math or Science grades are below 3.1 and follow recommendations for retaking IPS math classes or taking Ivy Tech math courses.
  • Take PSAT Exam as sophomores.
  • Take the ACT and SAT as a Junior and retake either test as needed if the score is not between 1600 2000 SAT or 25-30 ACT please note that requirements will vary for your desired program of study at Purdue.
  • I will govern my behavior so that I can be a positive contributor to the program and it's activities.
  • I understand that in order to maintain membership in the program, I must meet these standards throughout the school year.

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