Preschool and elementary school children will have the
chance to “go for the gold” while doing hands-on science experiments on January 20
from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Indiana Free Library in downtown Indiana.
The STEM Olympic
Challenge will be hosted by about 50 community assistants from Indiana
University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Housing, Residential Living and
The series of activities is designed to encourage and
inspire preschool and elementary students to discover and be excited about STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The Olympics theme was chosen in
recognition of the upcoming winter Olympics.
Different STEM stations will be set up throughout the
library to accommodate different age groups. Greeters
will direct participants to the appropriate areas. Participants will receive a
STEM “Olympic Passport” and will be encouraged to participate in several
Upon completion of at
least three projects, children can return the passport for prizes based on how
many initiatives they tried. The IUP community assistants raised funds for the
prizes for participants.
One of the goals for
the project is to provide an opportunity for IUP students to engage with
elementary students as they share their passion for learning and exploration,
according to IUP Housing and Residence Life staff.
The program supports
several of IUP’s residential living-learning communities, and in particular, the Natural Science and Mathematics, Education and
Communications and Leadership Development.
Revival buildings includes living-learning floors and or clusters based on
these themes: business, education and communications, fine arts, global
awareness, health and wellness, leadership development, natural sciences and
mathematics and social justice and civic engagement.
The Natural Sciences
and Mathematics living-learning community includes the mathematics, computer
science and psychology cluster; women in math, science and technology cluster;
natural sciences cluster; and safety sciences cluster.
Clusters in the
Education and Communications living-learning community include communications
media and education, and specialized resource rooms.
Development living-learning community includes a leadership development cluster
with hands-on leadership development experiences and an ROTC cluster.
are designed to allow students within these disciplines or interests to
connect, interact and study with one another outside of the classroom.
Student-directed programming is offered throughout the academic year in all of
the living-learning communities and clusters.