The chief executive officer of Indiana Humanities believes a new program that highlights connections between humanities and science, technology, engineering and math throughout the state is a "match made in heaven." Keira Amstutz says the Quantum Leap initiative aims to bridge fields that are often considered very different. STEM and humanities, she says, "are two sides of the same coin." The program includes a combination of grants, a radio series and "adult field trips" to sites throughout the state that focus on scientific discovery or engineering marvels. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Amstutz says she hopes Quantum Leap will give rise to "aha moments" of creativity.
These moments, Amstutz says, involve "not only reflecting on the magic of our past, but getting excited about what STEM and the humanities together can mean for Indiana’s future. So we want to get all these conversations going, tell the stories, and really develop, I think, an appropriate level of energy and pride on this subject."
The program will also include a statewide reading of Frankenstein to mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley completing the novel. All the events, the nonprofit says, will help participants "learn more about how we question, tinker, invent and imagine – and what the consequences are for those innovations."
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