Purdue, Radio Disney Indianapolis team up on STEM effort

April 14, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. —Purdue University and Radio Disney Indianapolis are teaming up to bring STEM awareness to area students.

The joint effort will include 12 live "Game Show Mania" events throughout central Indiana, during which the Radio Disney Indianapolis Road Crew will engage participants in trivia questions and activities related to various STEM - science, technology, engineering and math - topics.

"We're especially excited because Radio Disney's listeners include a high percentage of girls from 6 to 16 and their parents," said Paul Ainslie, managing director of the I-STEM Resource Network and a member of Purdue's Office of Engagement. "This gives us a great opportunity to reach a group that is underrepresented in STEM studies and careers."

The program was created with help from Purdue's colleges of engineering, education, technology, agriculture, health and human sciences, and science, along with the I-STEM Resource Network.

"Purdue's partnership with Radio Disney Indianapolis offers a creative introduction to STEM careers," said Steve Abel, Purdue associate vice president for engagement. "We hope it will encourage prospective students to view technical fields as exciting and inclusive."

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 Co. 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: Paul Ainslie, 765-494-0557, painslie@purdue.edu

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