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STEM Programs Soar at IND!

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Who says girls don’t like STEM? Can’t prove it at the Institute of Notre Dame where one-third of next year’s students have enrolled in either the biomedical sciences or engineering programs.
Who says girls don’t like STEM? Can’t prove it at the Institute of Notre Dame where one-third of next year’s students have enrolled in either the biomedical sciences or engineering programs.

Five years ago IND partnered with the Project Lead the Way ® or PLTW, the most highly respected developers of STEM curriculum. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The U.S. has been losing ground in these areas where it was once the leader. Plus women and minorities have been vastly underrepresented in these fields.

PLTW programs are developed and updated by the experts—teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals—then field-tested in classrooms across the country. The programs align with national standards and are certified by experts through visits, so that the programs meet PLTW’s rigorous standards.

IND first introduced the Biomedical Sciences Program, which combines science and human health related topics, five years ago. Two years ago, IND brought on PLTW’s Pathway to Engineering, which explores concepts like aerodynamics, astronautics and space life sciences. Both programs have grown so rapidly that one-third of next year’s students have enrolled.

PLTW has partnerships with colleges and universities that allow PLTW courses taken in high school to count toward college credit. Eleven of the 85 graduates in the Class of 2013 received a PLTW certificate of completion, and every one intends to choose a medical or health related field.
Their future is bright because jobs in the STEM fields offer better pay, security and are plentiful!
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