Purdue partners with LSC to promote STEM courses

Purdue Bell Tower (WLFI File Photo)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue University will team up with students and teachers from the Lafayette School Corporation to promote STEM courses.

Through a $246,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Education Math Science Partnership, Purdue will give students a summer STEM experience and help provide professional development and content learning to teachers.

Bill Walker, director of Science K-12 Outreach at Purdue, tells News 18 in a press release that they are excited to work with LSC.

“We are excited to be working with Lafayette School Corporation and Jefferson High School on this mathematics and science partnership,” said Walker. “It is a great opportunity to work with a school that has made a commitment to the STEM education of its students.”

With help from Purdue’s Science Express, research-grade instruments will given to high schools to advance learning abilites of students. Teachers will also participate in additional development, with lesson planning, classroom observations and technology training.

Jeff High School assistant principal, Barbara Payton, told News 18 in a press release that this partnership will help the school.

“Partnering with Purdue provides access to resources that will help Jefferson High School address our goal for STEM education with our students,” said Payton.

Purdue’s Science Express also is partnering with Gary Community School Corp. in Northwest Indiana. This program, funded by a $230,000 Indiana Commission for Higher Education Improving Teacher Quality grant, will begin this summer with a two-week Science Express workshop.

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