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Advancing STEM for Future Generations

Programs for K-12 Students

We go beyond the classroom, helping students understand science through real-life problem solving scenarios and inquiry-based instruction. Our science outreach programs give students a robust learning experience, broaden their understanding of science, and encourage young scientists to keep asking questions.

  • K-8 Programs: The Science Apprentice Camp, a summer camp for middle school students, Discovering the Science of the Environment (DSE), an inquiry-based environmental science education program for fourth through ninth grade students and teachers, and the Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair (HSEF).
  • Highschool Programs: Project SEED, a paid summer research program for economically disadvantaged high school students, the DJ Angus Scientech High School Summer Research Experience in Physics, the High School Math Contest, the neuroscience-based Brain Bee, Computer Science Programming Contest, Doctor Camp/Camp MD, and the High School Genetics Conference.

Programs for K-12 Teachers

Science outreach programs at IUPUI provide support for K-12 teachers interested in expanding their classroom resource base in the sciences. These initiatives enhance teachers’ professional development, helping them become subject matter experts and improve their materials and methods. In addition, our students and faculty often provide in-class support through our STEM education and service learning programs. 

Some key programs are:

  • Project Lead the Way  is an innovative project-based Biomedical Science curriculum designed for high school students. The School of Science is a national site for PLTW summer teacher professional development in all four Biomedical Science courses. Over 350 teachers nationwide have participated in PLTW at IUPUI
  • The IUPUI Urban Educators GK-12 Program: Funded by the NSF, this $3 Million program has funded 55 graduate GK-12 fellowships at $30,000 (11 per year for 5 years). Each GK-12 fellow has contributed 600 hours of service each year to hundreds of Indianapolis high school and middle school students, teachers and classrooms.