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STEM Education

IMSA West’s mission and mission is to transform communities’ one mind at a time with real world engagement and continue to inspire generations through a STEM-focused education that successfully prepares students for tomorrow. IMSA Science Science teachers and administrators encourage students to participate in STEM events to accomplish these visions and missions.

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STEM Programs at a Glance


Science Fairs

  • School Science Fair
  • CONSEF
    • Project/Poster Session
    • STEM Expo / Demonstration
    • Design Contest
  • Regional Science Fair
  • State Science Fair

PLTW Engineering Courses

  • PLTW Launch
  • PLTW Gateway – App Creator
  • PLTW Gateway – Medical Detectives
  • PLTW Gateway – Flight & Space

Robotics

  • Vex IQ for Elementary and Middle School Students

Math Competitions

  • MathCON
  • Indiana State Mathematics Contest

Science Fairs

CONSEF’s mission is to increase public awareness in STEM education, and CONSEF believes that students of all ages, backgrounds, and interests can shine in STEM subjects because the core of STEM education is to teach students how to think critically, solve problems, and make connections with the real world. IMSA North’s mission and mission is to transform communities’ one mind at a time with real world engagement and continue to inspire generations through a STEM-focused education that successfully prepares students for tomorrow. IMSA North Science teachers and administrators encourage students to participate in STEM events to accomplish these visions and missions.

School Science Fair


IMSA West organizes an in-school science fair each year in the first or second week of December. It is open to all 4th – 8th grade students. Preparing a science fair project and attending the in-school science fair are required for 5th – 8th graders. After the judging and caucusing process, 20 middle school students (5th – 8th graders) are nominated for the CONSEF Preselection process. Also, three students per grade (4th – 8th graders) are nominated for the regional science fair (CIRSEF).

CONSEF (Concept Science and Engineering Fair - STEM Exposition)


CONSEF/STEM EXPO is an in-network STEM event for the Concept Schools, a Chicago-based, non-profit, charter management and consulting organization.

Project/Poster Session


We encourage every student from Concept Schools to share research/project summaries through this unique platform.

STEM Expo / Demonstration


CS Stem Exposition is an event designed to encourage students to showcase the results of their stem studies and their science work.

Design Contest


The Design Contest is an art competition for CONSEF. The winning design will be printed on program booklets and the t-shirts given as complimentary to the students during the fair.

Regional Science Fair


Regional Science Fair – CIRSEF (Central Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair) is sponsored by the Science Education Foundation of Indiana (SEFI) and hosted by Marian University on the first or second Saturday of March. It is open to 4th through 12th grade students. Each school can nominate only 3 students per grade. After the judging process, top 2-3 students from each grade can be advanced to the state science fair from the regional science fair.

State Science Fair


Twelve regional science fairs nominate 2 students from each grade level to the Indiana State Science Fair. Indiana State Science Fair is named “Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair – HSEF” and sponsored by Science Education Foundation of Indiana, Inc. The state science fair is held either on the last Saturday of March or the first Saturday of April. Top 3 students are advanced from state science fair to International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) from 9th – 12th graders.

PLTW Engineering Courses

We currently offer a Project Lead The Way (P.L.T.W.) Launch and Gateway classes. Students do hands-on activities that incorporate critical thinking, and collaborative skills to solve real-world problems.  The skills students learn through this program can be used in any career field they may choose to pursue.

PLTW Offering Courses


IMSA West will offer the following courses during the 2020-2021 school year:

  • PLTW Launch is required for all KG – 3rd graders
  • PLTW Gateway – App Creator: Elective course for 6th – 8th graders
  • PLTW Gateway – Medical Detectives: Elective course for 6th – 8th graders
  • PLTW Gateway – Flight & Space: Elective course for 6th – 8th graders

Robotics

The VEX Robotics Competition provides schools and students with an affordable education based platform and competition experience that inspires and creates interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields. Combining an educational experience with a sports-like atmosphere that also promotes the development of social and teamwork skills in addition to academic STEM skills, the VEX Robotics Competition is an exciting, engaging and affordable program for all schools and students enjoy.

Elementary School Robotics


IMSA West offers VEX IQ club activity for 3rd – 5th graders.  Club members will participate in 3-5 regional competitions before the state tournament.  Please contact the coach for meeting dates and times.

Middle School Robotics


IMSA West offers VEX IQ club activity for 6th – 8th graders. Club members will participate in 3-5 regional competitions before the state tournament. Please contact the coaches for meeting dates and times.

Math Competitions

Our students in the Middle and High school will be competing nationally against other schools, showing off their Math Skills.

MathCON


MathCON is an innovative mathematics platform, including a competition series and educational resources and opportunities for students and educators, developed to enhance mathematics education. Last year, students from our school competed against over 500 other students in Chicago.

Indiana State Mathematics Contest


Math teachers encourage their students to participate in State Math competition which is organized by The Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM).