Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast introduces Focused STEM Initiative and announces “Adventure and Imagination Summer Science Camp”

NORTHEAST – Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast introduces focused STEM initiative to prepare science teachers, students, and the community for a global world. The “information technology revolution” of the late twentieth century has contributed to the globalization of competition – economic, social, and cultural (National Academy of Sciences, 2005).

“In order to prepare tomorrow’s scientists, today’s science educators must embrace more integrative approaches in the teaching and learning of the sciences, mathematics, and technology,” said Abdalla Hazaimeh, Ph.D., chair for math and physical science at Ivy Tech-Northeast. “In the twenty-first century, students at all levels of American education must go beyond the memorization of facts and engage the critical thinking and abstract reasoning skills that prepare them to use scientific knowledge and skills in a global environment.”

Ivy Tech is embarking on an initiative to provide society with biology, chemistry, mathematics, and engineering students who are educated in mind, body, and spirit to actively engage hands-on, research-based education in order to take a place in the world’s global economy. As an educational partner, Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast has as its long-term strategy to impact the numbers of students at all ages who are excited by and want to work in many fields of science, engineering, and mathematics.

A number of steps have been taken:

  • A STEM initiative has been launched and co-chaired by Abdalla Hazaimeh, Ph.D., and Clifford Clarke, executive director of computer and technology services.
  • Courses are being developed and revised to better integrate the sciences, mathematics, and technology.
  • In Summer 2011, high school science teachers will be able to enroll in professional development summer workshops.
  • Middle school students will be able to attend summer science camps.

As we help shape the future of northeast Indiana, Ivy Tech–Northeast is committed to helping the citizens of the region gain the science, technology, engineering and math skills needed to be successful in a globally competitive economy,” said Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D.

Adventure and Imagination Summer Science Camp

All area middle school students are invited to attend Ivy Tech’s exciting journey this summer into the world of math, science, and engineering. Students will have the opportunity to engage in exciting adventures with a focus on the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

Specially, students will:

  • Be engaged in hands-on activities in areas of environmental biology;
  • Learn about adaptations, dissection, animal behavior, plants, and invasive species;
  • Deal with many environmental challenges and help understand some of the global environmental issues;
  • Engage in a variety of workshops and experiments to explore different facets of chemistry that focus on the chemistry of environmental water quality.
  • Have the chance to explore the ever-changing knowledge about our universe and special relativity;
  • Have the chance to study and have fun exploring engineering physics; and
  • Learn how to design and build bridges.

Camp dates and times:

  • Week 1: June 13–17, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Week 2: June 20–24, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Camp cost:

  • $299 for one week
  • $549 for both weeks
  • Fee covers T-shirt, lunch, snacks, supplies, and field trips.
  • Ivy Tech employees’ children receive a 20 percent discount ($239 for one week or $439 for both weeks). Employee discount is not provided through online registration.

Scholarships available!

  • Five scholarships are available to ensure the summer camps embrace the full complement of diversity in our community by reaching out to the economically disadvantaged, including ethnic minorities, and attempting to identify a gender balance with camp participants.

Space is limited! To register, go to www.ivytech.edu/fortwayne/stem or call 260-480-4118.

For more information on Ivy Tech-Northeast’s focused STEM initiative or the summer camps, or to inquire about the scholarships, contact Abdalla Hazaimeh, Ph.D., at 260-481-2242 or ahazaimeh@ivytech.edu.

About Ivy Tech Community College
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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