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Rose-Hulman Supporting Indiana Youth STEM Education Programs as Project Lead The Way’s New Affiliate Partner

December 16, 2013

Christina Buckley, PhD

Affiliate Director: Christine Buckley, PhD, associate professor of applied biology and biomedical engineering, will serve as director of Rose-Hulman’s Project Lead The Way program. She has been a member of the institute’s faculty for 19 years. (Photo by Shawn Spence)

Rose-Hulman is the newest affiliate partner for Project Lead The Way (PLTW), joining approximately 50 other colleges, universities, and research institutions providing support for PLTW and its network of nearly 5,200 elementary, middle, and high schools across the United States.

As an affiliate partner, Rose-Hulman will work with PLTW to support and grow science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) across Indiana.

Rose-Hulman becomes the third PLTW affiliate partner in Indiana, joining IUPUI and Purdue University.

Associate Professor of Applied Biology and Biomedical Engineering Christine Buckley, PhD, will serve as Rose-Hulman’s PLTW affiliate director. She is in her 19th year as a faculty member at the institute.

“Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is one of the nation’s premier engineering, science, and math universities,” says PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram, PhD. “STEM education has never been more crucial for our country, and we are thrilled to have such a prestigious, highly regarded partner as Rose-Hulman to further our important work.”

As an Indiana and national higher education leader in undergraduate-level engineering and technology, Rose-Hulman has a rich history in providing innovative STEM education programs. For 15 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has rated Rose-Hulman as the top engineering college in the nation whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s.

“Rose-Hulman has a long history of K-12 STEM involvement,” says James A. Goecker, vice president for enrollment management. “Partnering with PLTW is a very natural progression of that movement. Our hope is to add Rose-Hulman’s unique expertise in undergraduate engineering education to the already great PLTW curriculum.”

Rose-Hulman was one of the first colleges in the nation to provide a summer hands-on engineering program for high school students. Now in its 48th year, Operation Catapult reaches more than 300 students each year.

Teachers and students in Indiana often turn to Rose-Hulman as an important STEM education resource. Rose-Hulman’s Portal Resource for Indiana Science and Mathematics (PRISM), an online community for middle- and high-school teachers, recently received its 300 millionth “hit.” In addition, the institute’s Homework Hotline receives nearly 40,000 calls annually from students seeking assistance with K-12 mathematics and science homework. Through the toll-free hotline (1-877-ASK-ROSE or, trained Rose-Hulman students lead callers to better understand math and science principles in order to answer questions in classrooms.

Affiliate universities and partners are an integral part of the PLTW experience. They host PLTW professional development training programs, which are required for each course a PLTW teacher instructs. Affiliates also host annual conferences for school administrators and counselors, as well as provide ongoing support to PLTW schools.

PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of STEM programs. PLTW’s world-class, activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in today’s global economy. More than 5,200 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are currently offering PLTW courses to their students.