STEM Conference 2017


Registration is now closed and we are at capacity. Walk-in registration is not available on the day of the conference. Stay tuned for announcements for the 2018 conference.

Indiana STEM Education Conference

We are pleased to announce that Astronaut Col. Buzz Aldrin will be a special guest speaker at the 2016 Indiana STEM Education Conference. More details regarding the schedule for the day and other opportunities will be coming in early November.

The second-annual Indiana STEM Education Conference will be held at Purdue University on January 12, 2017. The Purdue University College of Education and Center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM (CATALYST), the Indiana Department of Education, and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education are proud sponsors of the conference. Indiana has increased momentum in K-12 STEM education over the past few years and this event is designed to capitalize on the knowledge and experiences that have been generated to continue moving Indiana forward. The goal of the conference is to provide a platform for dissemination of best practice in K-12 STEM teaching and learning in Indiana. There will be three strands that organize the conference: K-12 STEM practice, STEM education research, and STEM resources.

Strand 1: K-12 STEM Practice will include selected presentations and workshops from individuals and teams from Indiana K-12 schools who are implementing STEM programs and school approaches. For example, sessions on problem and project based pedagogy, engineering design process, integrated STEM curriculum development, strategic planning, the new Indiana science standards, or science education, mathematics education, and/or engineering education practices will be offered.

Strand 2: STEM Education Research will include invited presentations from leading STEM education researchers within Indiana who are examining pressing challenges in K-12 STEM education. For example, sessions on integrated STEM education, mathematics education, science education, engineering education, technology education, etc. will be offered.

Strand 3: STEM Resources will include many invited organizations and other community partners from across the state that have resources available to support STEM education. The focus will be for partners in this strand to connect with participants to help support the growth of STEM programs and focus within IN schools.

The daylong conference will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with lunch and parking included in the registration fee. All participants will have multiple offerings to select from for each of the five sessions across the day. Participants can choose selections from any and all strands as well.

To register for the conference - click the green "REGISTER NOW" button on the right side of the page. The number of participants for this event is limited, so please register early to attend.

In response to the high demand from K-12 educators and STEM faculty to attend the first-annual conference in January 2015, we have expanded our capacity for the conference this year. Additionally, there will be a two-step registration process. First, participants will register using the link below to reserve their spot to attend the conference. The second step will happen on November 15th when all registered participants will receive a link by email to select the actual sessions they will attend at the event.

Please register early - as the conference registration was closed last year two months prior to the actual event due to reaching maximum capacity of 650 attendees.


If you would like to submit a proposal to present a K-12 Practice session at the Indiana STEM Education Conference, please use the link below to access the proposal submission system:



REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. No onsite registration will be available.

Registration Details

For questions about conference content contact:
Tabitha Cinowski

For questions about registration contact:
Purdue Conferences


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