IU Northwest hosts free summer science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) camp for teens August 5 – 7

IU Northwest hosts free summer science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) camp for teens August 5 – 7
By: Indiana University Northwest Last Updated: April 30, 2019

Indiana University Northwest invites teens to explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at a free STEM Camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, August 5 through Wednesday, Aug. 7. Students from underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors will learn how exciting a STEM career can be through hands-on activities and experiments in biology, chemistry, computer information systems, informatics, math, and geology.

Last year, 45 students participated in such lessons as Bridges, the Chemistry Behind Air Bags, Smells, the Biology of the Heart, Mathematical Brain Teasers, and Build Your Own Video Game. Similar activities are planned for the 2019 camp.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for students interested in the STEM fields,” said Professor of Computer Information Systems and STEM Summer Camp Director Bhaskara Kopparty. “It’s unique because all activities are led by faculty members who are currently conducting research in their respective fields and are dedicated to providing excellent STEM education.”

Kopparty said there is a shortage of underrepresented minority students pursuing STEM fields. The camp, made possible by the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program, is designed to address that shortage and boost the number of STEM graduates.

Materials, lunch, and a T-shirt are provided. To learn more, call 219-980-6724 or email lsampiun@iun.edu.

To register, visit iun.edu/stemcamp/index.htm. The priority registration deadline is July 14. Registration closes on July 25. Selected students will be informed by e-mail, phone, or text.

About the Summer Camp
The camp is made possible by an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The goal of the award is to significantly increase the number of historically underrepresented minorities receiving baccalaureate degrees in STEM.

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is leading the $4.8 million Indiana STEM Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) initiative. The alliance is comprised of six institutions across Indiana, Ball State University, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University Northwest, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indiana University South Bend, and Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis.

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is designed to substantially increase the quantity and quality of students, especially underrepresented students, who study STEM disciplines. LSAMP offers identified STEM majors who qualify the opportunity to receive a stipend while conducting research in their major.