What is STEM? STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math within education. In Illiana’s STEM program, we do project-based learning while applying math and science principles and standards. With this new program, Illiana’s science and math-based classes have a plethora of resources. We are excited to give students the opportunity to pursue more science classes and future occupations in STEM. From robotics to hydroponics to an award-winning math team, Illiana’s offering of opportunities continues to grow each year.
Illiana’s facilities were built to accommodate the STEM program. We have a large makerspace with plenty of space to immerse students in hands-on project based learning. We currently have 5 3D printers, a CNC router, Laser cutter and a full wood working shop.
At Illiana we offer Project Lead The Way, the nation’s leader in STEM education, and Illiana offers five PLTW engineering courses. Four of these courses also offer free college credit through Ivy Tech Community college. Illiana is striving to have one of the best-developed STEM programs in Indiana. We are proud of this STEM program and are eager to continue to develop it. With this ever-growing program, Illiana’s education sets students up for a successful career in the STEM fields.
Our current PLTW courses are:
The Illiana Robotics team is designed to prepare students for competition in interscholastic Robotics tournaments. Tournaments motivate participants in science and technology to expand their skills. Additionally, these competitions assist in the development of skills that are utilized in critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving. Students are allowed to make use of their various skills such as creativity, imagination, curiosity, and innovation as they design and create their robots.
The Robotics Program emphasizes mathematics and science topics used in programming robotics. Students have the opportunity to design and build complex robots and work as a team. This program helps students who have an interest in applying mathematics to real-world settings that solve problems with machines.
The robotics team provides hands-on experience in solving real world challenges and exposes students to physics, mechanics, electronics, programming, teamwork, and leadership. The Illiana Robotics’ mission is to equip students with real life experiences in communication, collaboration, and self-confidence; inspiring them to step up as leaders on the team. Through teamwork and a supportive environment, we aim to inspire students to take an interest in STEM fields.
The mission of Illiana Robotics Team is to allow students and mentors to share and apply knowledge of STEM skills including engineering, and leadership skills through a fun, hands-on experience. As a team, members work toward a common goal of designing, building, programming, marketing, and operating a competitive robot while supporting the ideals of our school and Christian faith.
Our Mission: “Changing Lives, One Robot at a Time”