Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast helping local high school teachers coach future scientists

NORTHEAST – Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast is inviting area science, math, art, and technology high school teachers to the upcoming Materials Science Camp for Teachers taking place August 1–5 at the Student Life Center on Ivy Tech’s North Campus (4900 St. Joe Rd.), Rooms SL813, SL814, SL819, and SL820.

Made possible by a Professional Development Grant from the Talent Initiative, the event is free to teachers, and a $500 stipend is available to all participants upon completion. Additionally, graduate credits are available for an additional fee through IPFW.  

“This camp will demonstrate simple [tools] that can be integrated into existing lesson plans with the outcome of actively engaging students in applied science,” said Lisa Smith, project consultant/corporate trainer for Ivy Tech’s Workforce and Economic Development division.

“Ivy Tech’s Materials Science Camp is an important component of the Talent Initiative’s $2.1 million Professional Development Grant Program,” said Talent Initiative Director Leonard Helfrich. “The PD Grants are designed to institute Project-based Learning throughout Northeast Indiana, and knowing that each teacher will walk away from this camp ready to begin a Materials Science-themed project in his or her classroom is very exciting for us.”

The facilitators—master teachers from the American Society of Materials – will provide hands-on instruction in metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites, as well as in lesson planning and instructional methods to get students excited about math and science as future careers. 

To register, visit www.ivytech.edu/northeast/teachers or contact Ann Travis at 260-480-4118 or atravis@ivytech.edu. For more detailed information, contact Lisa Smith at 260-481-2292 or lsmith246@ivytech.edu

About Ivy Tech
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.

About the Talent Initiative
The Talent Initiative, established by a $20 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., is a 10-county regional program focused on accelerating education and training initiatives in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The primary goals of the Talent Initiative are to increase the base of highly skilled workers to meet the needs of the defense/aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries, while increasing job quality and reversing the current decline in regional per capita income. The program receives financial oversight from Community Partnerships, Inc., a supporting organization of the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and operational oversight from the Northeast Indiana Fund, a supporting organization of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

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