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.
STEM Programs at a Glance
- School Science Fair
- 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
- Vex IQ for Elementary and Middle School Students
- Indiana State Mathematics Contest
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/STEM EXPO is an in-network STEM event for the Concept Schools, a Chicago-based, non-profit, charter management and consulting organization.
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.
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
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
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.
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.