FORT WAYNE, Ind.—How do you make STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers relevant to middle school students? One way is with demonstrations from Indiana University–Purdue University (IPFW) faculty and community professionals who offer up intriguing "mini" presentations designed to grab the attention of middle school students. For more than ten years, these dedicated volunteers have made the annual College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (ETCS) Middle School Career Days a huge success, as well as free of charge to area schools. This year’s two-day event began last Friday, Oct. 26 and concludes this Friday, Nov. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Using real-world applications, the goal of the day is to introduce and interest students to the critical STEM fields. Teachers are provided with a fun student activity sheet to reinforce what they learned.
During the program, over 325 students and 30 adults will rotate through seven locations in the Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science building for fifteen minute sessions. Intriguing titles like “Secret Communications,” “Modern Bionic Person,” and “Interacting with 3D Environments” are among the presentation topics. Featured guest presenters are from Fort Wayne Metals and Scientific and Biomedical Microsystems, who will share information not typically heard in a traditional classroom setting.
Elizabeth Thompson, associate professor, Department of Engineering, is the faculty coordinator for this popular morning event. The program will open at 9:30 a.m. in the Walb Student Union Ballroom with a presentation by Associate Professor of Engineering Don Mueller. The demonstrations will take place in the ETCS Building.
For more information contact Carol Dostal, director of ETCS outreach, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 260-481-6905.
A schedule of sessions, topics, and locations will be available for the media in Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building, Room 243 on the day of the event.