What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym that stands for; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Science is the study of the natural world. Technology is any tool that helps us do work. Engineering is way of thinking to solve problems. Math is a language related to quantities and measurements. STEM involves art and design so we build it in to our quality programming.

The STEM Connection is a non-profit corporation aimed at facilitating hands-on, minds-on, feet-on-the ground science, technology, engineering and math experiences at Moore Road Farm and other educational sites. The STEM Connection 30 acre outdoor learning site at Moore Road Farm is in the Traders Point Rural Historic District conveniently located on the northwest side of Indianapolis. The ecosystems of the farm include deciduous forest, Eagle Creek, fields of crops and a garden open for exploration and learning. Programming is built on the Indiana Academic Standards and is connected with ongoing conservation projects that honor the land and waterways of Indiana and seeks to grant access to those underrepresented in the STEM fields. The STEM Connection serves over 5,000 yearly. 

Our Goals

We want to breakdown stereotypes related to STEM, to challenge all children to be their best, and to provide meaningful learning opportunities which engage and encourage. Programming includes year round STEM field trips, STEM@Night, STEM summer camps, STEM Family Events, and STEM professional development for parents teachers, administrators, and out-of-school time professionals. Outcomes reveal that children involved in our programming for at least 10 hours self reported growth in STEM Interest, STEM identity, STEM Career Knowledge, and STEM Career Interest at an average of 97.5%.

Philosophy:

  • Everyone Can Do STEM
  • Careers of the Future Will Incorporate STEM
  • STEM is FUN!

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Awards

  • 2019 – Gene Stratton-Porter Award – Angela Fitzgerald and Stacie Hernandez
  • SYPF Grant recipient 2016, 2017, 2018
  • 2018 – River-Friendly Farmer Award from the local Soil and Water Conservation District. 
  • 2018 – McKinney Family Foundation Scholarship award recipient to attend Fundraising and Advocacy for Environmental Nonprofits offered by The Fund Raising School IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
  • 2018 – Joe Wright Recognition of Excellence Award by the Environmental Educators Association of Indiana
  • 2017 – Hoosier Chapter Soil And Water Conservation Society’s Education and Communications award 
  • 2017 – Madeline Anderson, Intern – Excellence in Summer Service Education Award Recipient 

Funders

  • Central Indiana Community Foundation
  • Clif Bar Family Foundation 
  • Greater Historic Traders Point 
  • Lilly Endowment
  • Lilly Foundation
  • Nina Mason Pulliam

Our Events

March’s STEM@Night!

Date : 5:00pm to 8:00om

Location : 8407 Moore Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46278

March’s Homeschool STEM Day Camp

Date : 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location : 8407 Moore Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46278

April’s Educator Empowerment Workshop

Date : 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location : 8407 Moore Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46278

April’s STEM@Night!

Date : 5:00pm to 8:00om

Location : 8407 Moore Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46278

May’s Family STEM@Night

Date : 5:30pm to 7:00om

Location : 8407 Moore Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46278

June’s STEM@Night!

Date : 5:00pm to 8:00om

Location : 8407 Moore Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46278