The Indiana Department of Education recently increased the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Certified schools in Indiana.

 

Cold Spring and Henry W. Longfellow Medical/STEM Middle School 28, two IPS schools, were among those added to the list — bringing the total number of Indiana STEM Certified schools to 78.

 

STEM Certified schools were first selected in 2015. These schools are chosen based on their commitment to teaching STEM disciplines throughout the entire school. They also exemplify a highly non-traditional approach to education, employing a great deal of inquiry, project-based learning, community engagement, entrepreneurship, student centered classrooms, integration into humanities and related arts, and out-of-school STEM activities.

 

STEM Certified schools take this approach while following educational policies set by the state and excelling under the system of accountability. Prior to certification, each school completed a rigorous application and review process.

 

Carrie Burns, chief operating officer at Cold Spring, an IPS Innovation school, said the timing of the certification was perfect. “We recently returned from the World Robotic’s Championships, where the Eaglebots ranked 10th in the world.”

 

Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, said the state is dedicated to providing a rigorous STEM education for students.

 

“An education built upon science, technology, engineering and mathematics is vital for academic success and life beyond high school,” said McCormick. “I am grateful for the student-focused passion exemplified by our STEM Certified schools and I want to commend our 2019 schools for furthering Indiana’s dedication to STEM.”

 

To view a complete list of Indiana STEM Certified schools, click here.