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Rose-Hulman, Vigo County Schools Receive Grant for Math, Science Educational Partnership

Thursday, April 09, 2015
Rene Rogge with Vigo County School Corp. teachers.

Passing Along STEM Lessons: Renee Rogge (left), professor of biology and biomedical engineering, is among several Rose-Hulman faculty and staff members providing summer professional development programs to Vigo County teachers.

Rose-Hulman's successful multiyear partnership with the Vigo County School Corporation (VCSC) to provide professional development for middle-school math and science teachers will continue and include fourth- and fifth-grade teachers this year, through a $550,000 grant awarded by the Indiana Department of Education.

The grant comes through Indiana's Math Science Partnership-Program, and supports summer workshops offered through Rose-Hulman's Portal Resource for Indiana Science and Mathematics (PRISM) program.

PRISM provides free digital resources and professional development workshops to middle-school teachers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) areas.

This is the fourth grant awarded to the collaborative partnership between Rose-Hulman and Vigo County schools.

This summer's sessions will feature John Aidoo, PhD, associate professor of civil engineering, covering earthquakes and structural design; Ed Mottel, PhD, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, examining the properties of matter; and Renee Rogge, PhD, professor of biology and biomedical engineering, exploring the structure of DNA.

"Vigo County School Corporation teachers and students are extremely fortunate to have the professional development support of Patricia Carlson and the PRISM project in the new math and science partnership grant," says Karen Goeller, VCSC's assistant superintendent. "We're grateful to have the high quality and engaging STEM professional development presented by Professor Carlson, other Rose-Hulman professors, and the PRISM staff."

Indiana's math science partnership program, created by the federal government and administered by the state, encourages collaboration between institutions of higher education and local school corporations to provide professional development for educators that aligns with the state's science and mathematics curricular standards.

"We are especially excited that the 2015 workshop will include both middle-school teachers of STEM and fourth- and fifth-grade elementary teachers," says Carlson, founding director of the PRISM program and Rose-Hulman English professor. "This vertical articulation across five grade levels helps teachers adjust their lesson plans to keep students challenged, while still providing an engaging learning environment."

Other PRISM staff members assisting with this summer's project will be Bob Jackson and Micah Williams, educational liaisons, and Ryan Smith, system administrator, and webmaster.