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STEM Education

IMSA North’s mission and vision is to transform communities’ one mind at a time with real world engagement and continue to inspire generations through a STEM-focused education that successfully prepares students for tomorrow. IMSA North Science teachers and administrators encourage students to participate in STEM events to accomplish these visions and missions.

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STEM Programs at a Glance


Science Fairs

  • School Science Fair
  • CONSEF
    • Project/Poster Session
    • STEM Expo / Demonstration
    • Design Contest
  • Regional Science Fair
  • State Science Fair
  • International Science Fair

PLTW Engineering Courses

  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture

STARBASE Stem Program

  • 5th Grade

Robotics

  • Vex IQ for Elementary and Middle School Students
  • FTC for High School Students

Math Competitions

  • MathCON
  • Indiana State Mathematics Contest

Science Fairs

CONSEF’s mission is to increase public awareness in STEM education, and CONSEF believes that students of all ages, backgrounds, and interests can shine in STEM subjects because the core of STEM education is to teach students how to think critically, solve problems, and make connections with the real world. IMSA North’s mission and mission is to transform communities’ one mind at a time with real world engagement and continue to inspire generations through a STEM-focused education that successfully prepares students for tomorrow. IMSA North Science teachers and administrators encourage students to participate in STEM events to accomplish these visions and missions.

School Science Fair


IMSA North organizes an in-school science fair each year in the first or second week of December. It is open to all 5th – 12th grade students. Preparing a science fair project and attending the in-school science fair are required for 8th – 12th graders. After the judging and caucusing process, 20 high school students and 20 middle school students are nominated for the CONSEF preselection process. Also, three students per grade are nominated for the regional science fair (CIRSEF).

CONSEF (Concept Science and Engineering Fair - STEM Exposition)


CONSEF/STEM EXPO is an in-network STEM event for the Concept Schools, a Chicago-based, non-profit, charter management and consulting organization.

Project/Poster Session


We encourage every student from Concept Schools to share research/project summaries through this unique platform.

STEM Expo / Demonstration


CS Stem Exposition is an event designed to encourage students to showcase the results of their stem studies and their science work. 

Design Contest


The Design Contest is an art competition for CONSEF. The winning design will be printed on program booklets and the t-shirts given as complimentary to the students during the fair.

Regional Science Fair


Regional Science Fair – CIRSEF (Central Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair) is sponsored by the Science Education Foundation of Indiana (SEFI) and hosted by Marian University on the first or second Saturday of March. It is open to 4th through 12th grade students. Each school can nominate only 3 students per grade. After the judging process, top 2-3 students from each grade can be advanced to the state science fair from the regional science fair.

The Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)


There are two types of International science fair:
ISEF is an annual science fair in the United States,] and is owned and administered by the Society for Science & the Public. Every year, tens of millions of students participate in science fairs around the globe but only about 1,800 earn the right to compete for nearly $5 million awards bestowed each May at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). https://www.societyforscience.org/isef/
Each state and country nominates the students to the ISEF. State of Indiana is represented by 12-13 high school students at the Regeneration International Science and Engineering Fair.

State Science Fair


Twelve regional science fairs nominate 2 students from each grade level to the Indiana State Science Fair. Indiana State Science Fair is named “Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair – HSEF” and sponsored by Science Education Foundation of Indiana, Inc. The state science fair is held either on the last Saturday of March or the first Saturday of April. Top 3 students are advanced from state science fair to International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) from 9th – 12th graders.

GENIUS Olympiad International Science fair


GENIUS Olympiad is an international high school project competition about environmental issues. It is founded and organized by Terra Science and Education and hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology. GENIUS Olympiad will host projects in five general disciplines with an environmental focus. https://geniusolympiad.org/
CONSEF nominates two students and CIRSEF/HSEF nominates 1-2 students to the Genius Olympiad each year.

PLTW Engineering Courses

We currently offer a Project Lead The Way (P.L.T.W.) Engineering Class, which is a 9-12 elective that allows students to step into the role of an engineer. Students do hands-on activities that incorporate critical thinking, and collaborative skills to solve real-world problems. The skills students learn through this program can be used in any career field they may choose to pursue. For more information on the program, please see their website: https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/pltw-engineering

PLTW Offering Courses


IMSA North will offer the following three engineering courses during the 2020-2021 school year:

  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture

STARBASE Stem Program

DoD STARBASE offers a positive, proven approach to engendering excitement and interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

STARBASE For 5th Graders


5th grade has had an incredible opportunity to go to D.O.D. StarBase for 2 years. They have been working on STEM activities that use the Indiana State Standards. They have learned about compounds and elements and how they get their names. They experimented and learned different STEM topics.

Robotics

IMSA North offers VEX IQ club activity for 3rd – 8th graders and the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) elective course for high school students. Students work on building and programming a robot, and also make practice during the club time. 

Vex IQ for Elementary and Middle School Students


IMSA North offers VEX IQ club activity for 3rd – 8th graders. Club members will participate in 3-5 regional competitions before the state tournament.  Please contact the coaches for meeting dates and times.

 

FTC for High School Students


IMSA North offers the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) elective course and club for high school kids. Students work on building and programming a robot five days during the class time, and also make practice during the club time. The students will participate in minimum 3 regional/league tournaments to be able to advance to state tournaments. 

Math Competitions

Our students in the Middle and High school will be competing nationally against other schools, showing off their Math Skills.

MathCON


MathCON is an innovative mathematics platform, including a competition series and educational resources and opportunities for students and educators, developed to enhance mathematics education. Last year, students from our school competed against over 500 other students in Chicago.

Indiana State Mathematics Contest


Math teachers encourage their students to participate in State Math competition which is organized by The Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM).