Ivy Tech Community College – North Central Region to host 2010 STEM Symposium

SOUTH BEND – Ivy Tech Community College will host a symposium encouraging high school students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) on Friday, Oct. 22, at the South Bend campus, 220 Dean Johnson Blvd.

The focus of the symposium is to prepare high school students for the careers of the 21st century. Several panelists will discuss the changes we may see in technology in the next four to five years and how South Bend is positioned for a future centered on nano/biotechnology.

STEM Symposium Agenda

9:00-9:35 am
Welcome, Remarks about STEM
– President Thomas Snyder, Ivy Tech Community College
– Jeff Rea, Chamber of Commerce

9:35-10:05 am
Keynote Speaker: The Need for Computer Scientists in a Bold New World
– Brian Blake, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, College of Engineering, University of Notre Dame

10:10-11:00 am
Panel discussion: How will life differ and what will jobs look like in four to five years?
– Geri Hathaway, Ignition Park
– Marya Leiberman, Professor of Materials and Surface Chemistry, University of Notre Dame
– Pat McMahon, Project Future
– Jeff Rea, Chamber of Commerce
– Brian Blake, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, College of Engineering, University of Notre Dame

11:45 am-12:15 pm
Break-Out Session, topics include XBOX Game Programming, Garage Band Demo, International Careers, Microsoft and CISCO Academy

12:20 pm-12:50 pm
Break-Out Session, topics include Wireless Digital Photography, Lego Robotics, Energy Demo

12:55 pm-1:25pm
Break-Out Session, topics include Students and IGEMS Project, What is Your IQ (Intuition Quotient), Cyber Defense Competition

Nearly 300 students from surrounding high schools will participate in the symposium. During the three breakout sessions, the students will work with community leaders, Ivy Tech professors, and professors from other Indiana colleges to get hands-on experience in STEM careers.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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