STEM Synergy is a STEM-centric community of practice committed to fostering the delivery of data-informed services, including high-quality professional development, resources, and support for STEM-focused districts, programs, and organizations in an endeavor to produce a combined impact greater than the sum of separate STEM efforts.
STEM Synergy is a result of numerous partnerships over the years and is the latest iteration of the Indiana STEM Ecosystem. During 2020, legislature supported the newly-developed Indiana 6-year STEM Strategic Plan and through a new partnership with CIESC and Keep Indiana Learning STEM Synergy was born!
Professional Development Opportunities
STEM Journey Analysis Survey
Free Events & OnDemand Library
Visit the free Keep Indiana Learning Engagement Center for upcoming STEM Synergy virtual events and OnDemand videos from practitioners and educational thought leaders!
Need help evaluating Science resources?
This tool was adapted by Keep Indiana Learning & STEM Synergy for K-12 educators to use when conducting an initial analysis of science related instructional resources based on the NGSS EQUIP rubric.
Have questions? Reach out to Amanda McCammon, STEM Synergy coordinator, at email@example.com.
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The STEM Synergy Expert Network
STEM Synergy values the expertise and ongoing support from our 400+ STEM expert network members from across the state. These experts consist of STEM conscious individuals and STEM focused organizations, community & business or industry partners, K-12 educators and post-secondary institutions all working to collaborate, grow and support STEM initiatives across Indiana. This diverse group believes in the value of collective impact and the importance of sharing resources, knowledge, and expertise in order to bring the best STEM experiences to Hoosier students.
This team convenes bimonthly to collaborate on STEM related efforts, share information regarding STEM related events & funding opportunities, and discuss ways to support STEM efforts across the state. This collaborative network also provides insight into the development of field driven, relevant professional learning opportunities, resources and tools designed to assist teachers and leaders in re-envisioning their STEM approach, practices, and journey.
Membership is free and open to anyone interested in collaborating around STEM topics in Indiana. The STEM Synergy Expert Network is a valuable resource in connecting to potential partners, providers, supporters and other STEM focused Hoosiers all working toward the same goal of high quality, equitable STEM for all!
For more information reach out to Amanda McCammon, STEM Synergy Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana STEM Needs Assessment
This self assessment tool was created through a cross-walking and merging of vetted Indiana specific STEM tools and standards from the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Afterschool Network, which signify the standard of both formal and informal learning. This tool is recommended for use by schools considering applying for IDOE STEM School Certification as a first step in assessing gaps.
Are you interested in an indepth guided analysis and support plan? Check out our customizable STEM School Certification Professional Learning Package here for more information. COMING SOON.
Note: Results from this form will be shared with STEM Synergy.
This tool was originally developed by the Indiana STEM Ecosystem with input from partners and practitioners in the field through generoud funding from Battelle.
STEM Journey Analysis Survey for Schools
WHAT IS THIS?
This self-paced survey was created by the STEM Educator Network in partnership with the ESCs of Indiana and the Indiana Department of Education to help determine where schools are within their unique STEM journey in order to collectively meet the STEM needs of Indiana schools and educators.
WHAT IS THE STEM EDUCATOR NETWORK?
The STEM Educator Network is a collaborative partnership between the 9 regional education service centers (ESCs) of Indiana and the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). This statewide initiative is designed to support and connect STEM educators from within and across regions of Indiana in an effort to provide collaborative networking and engagement opportunities.
WHO SHOULD USE IT?
This survey is designed to be completed by a school leadership team with a comprehensive knowledge of STEM related happenings, instructional pedagogy & practices, initiatives and methodologies being utilized within the school’s formal and informal education settings.
WHY SHOULD MY SCHOOL USE THIS?
Schools will receive a copy of their survey results which may provide a comprehensive view of where they currently stand within STEM best practices, as aligned to the IDOE STEM priorities & goals. This information could be used to guide next steps in their unique STEM journey. Upon completion, schools may also receive communication regarding opportunities for support within the self identified areas of need from members of the STEM Educator Network. Additionally, the information gathered will allow for ESCs to offer services aligned to your school’s unique STEM needs and goals.
HOW WILL THE INFORMATION BE USED?
The STEM Educator Network will utilize this information to align professional development offerings and resources to the needs of their regional schools in order to support their STEM efforts and goals.
Our Expert Network has curated these resources to support STEM Professionals across the state. Check back often!