IU actively advances STEM literacy through a variety of K-12 outreach programs.
- Biology Summer Institute
Designed for biology teachers to learn about ongoing research in the Indiana University Department of Biology and to work with faculty to design activities that can be used in their classrooms.
- Introductory Biotechnology course for high school science teachers
This is a weeklong course during which teachers will learn basic scientific concepts and techniques in Biotechnology allowing for similar exercises to be performed in their classrooms. Teachers will be exposed to a variety of topics related to both fundamental science and application of DNA-related aspects of biotechnology.
- Moczek Lab
Provides educational resources in insect biology and evolutionary developmental biology to the greater community year around. Public lectures, presentations at local school fairs, assistance in extracurricular science education efforts, and generation of educational materials such as insect- or skull collections for local and regional schools are among the resource offered. The Moczek laboratory is available for visits by classes or youth groups, and is happy to come visit your group and provide hands-on introductions into the amazing world of horned beetle biology and beyond. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
- IU Biology Kindergarten Program
Using fun, hands-on projects to introduce basic concepts related to the scientific method, such as forming hypothesis, making observations, and conducting experiments, these projects focus on plant and animal diversity.
- IU Biology third-grade program
Focuses on topics that follow the Indiana Academy standards for third grade; topics include soils, plant growth, and plant structures, and these experiences often culminate in the students starting their own vegetable or native plant garden at the end of the school year.