Grant to Support Rose-Hulman STEM Initiative

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(photo courtesy Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) (photo courtesy Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)

The Indiana Department of Education has awarded a $300,000 grant to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in an effort to enhance a partnership with the Vigo County School Corp. The funding will support a program aimed at enhancing the awareness of STEM innovations for teachers and students.

Rose-Hulman's Portal Resource for Indiana Science and Mathematics, or PRISM, program has organized a variety of activities for 75 VCSC teachers and students. Throughout the month of June, middle school teachers will learn about STEM-related topics from several Rose-Hulman professors. PRISM will also assist high school teachers in seeking certification in dual-credit biology, chemistry and calculus, with help from Indiana State University instructors.

Rose-Hulman says 36 high school students will take part in a three-week College 101 STEM career awareness course. As part of the students will visit the Rose-Hulman campus, learn about the college financial aid process and have lunch with engineers from Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) and ArcelorMittal USA, among others, who graduated from VCSC and Rose-Hulman.

The institute says the decade-long partnership between the Vigo County School Corp. and PRISM has been recognized as a "Promising Practice" in math and science education by the IDOE.

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