Fair Results: Great. And there’s always room for GEL

 

UIndy takes Central Indiana science fair helm

With academic programs in science, health, and engineering, and a history of success in turning out math and science teachers, hosting the Central Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair is a natural fit for UIndy.

So natural, in fact, the University has been the official organizer for more than a decade.

Once held on campus, the fair has become so large it is now held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Participation among elementary, middle and high school students has grown from about 300 to nearly 800 in recent years.

The March event is organized and managed by five UIndy faculty and staff volunteers and 75 student volunteers. Many other faculty and students serve as judges.

But the University can’t do it alone. The Scientech Club and R. B. Annis Foundation provide generous financial support, and other community sponsors include Bright Ideas, Indiana State Fairgrounds, and Eli Lilly and Co.

“Those of us who volunteer our time are committed to the science fair’s mission of getting students interested in science, using the scientific method, and increasing their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills,” says Biology instructor Mary Gobbett.

“Organizing the science fair each year is an excellent way to promote the University’s motto of ‘Education for Service,’” Gobbett adds.

High schoolers compete on global business issues

High school students from throughout central Indiana tested their international business prowess during UIndy’s Global Entrepreneurial Leadership Conference.

The School of Business, which offers bachelor’s degree programs in Global Leadership and International Business as well as MBA concentrations in International Business and Global Supply Chain Management, hosted
the event in April.

Highlights of the GEL conference included a Business Idea competition and a Global Ethics competition before a judging panel of business students
and faculty.

During a Global Leadership Panel, the visiting teens posed questions to a panel of UIndy business students from nations around the world.

The conference was developed by faculty in the process of establishing the University’s Global Leadership bachelor’s degree, which includes courses in geography, international relations, business, and culture.

Through the conference, chaired by business faculty members Kathy Bohley and Stan Osweiler, UIndy sought to collaborate with area high school teachers to develop students’ presentation skills and to prepare them for further education and careers in the global marketplace.