Established in 2007, the NI-STEM Center was developed with the help of a proposal submitted to a statewide BioCrossroads STEAM initiative by Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW) and Science Central. The center also had financial support provided, in part, by a grant received from the National Center for Outreach, which was submitted by WFWA PBS39 in partnership with PFW and supported by the Fort Wayne Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
NI-STEM has been established in partnership with a cadre of regional stakeholders to support and encourage active engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math related activities and educational pursuits. In partnership with a regional stakeholder base, NI-STEM works to incorporate and support the diverse needs of the region's education systems, informal education centers, and the business community. The NI-STEM Center is an ever-evolving center that promises to continue to highlight, unify, support, and increase community involvement in STEAM-related activities for the children and adults in our region, as well as recruit others to participate in the magnificent events regularly hosted in northeast Indiana.
NI-STEM Director: Jeffrey A. Nowak, PhD
Jeff is the executive director of the NI-STEM center. His research interests include how to incorporate and utilize best-practice technologies and inquiry-based instructional strategies in the pre K–12 science classroom. He has also published peer-reviewed articles comparing full-day kindergarten to half-day kindergarten, and enjoys writing science books for children.