An Indiana STEM Education Conference is expected to bring over 600 people from across the state to the campus of Purdue University Thursday. Many of the more than 100 presentations will deal with new teaching strategies for STEM education.
The conference aims to provide a platform to circulate the best practices of STEM teaching and learning as well as establish better communications among STEM schools in Indiana. It will offer three presentation areas: K-12 STEM practice, STEM education research and STEM resources.
"A lot of schools are implementing a STEM approach now because they’re trying to engage students in learning about disciplines such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the real-world context," said Carla Johnson, associate dean for research, engagement and global partnerships at Purdue. "This approach makes learning more accessible. It can teach things in a tangible way where kids can apply it to their own lives, while building important skills that will prepare them for college and careers that are much needed in Indiana, particularly in STEM fields."
The conference will feature remarks from Purdue President Mitch Daniels and Provost Debasish Dutta. Purdue’s College of Education has already begun plans for a second conference next year in order to accommodate more participants.