About Us


What is NISTEM / STEAM? 

NISTEM is an acronym for the Northeast Indiana Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Resource Center. STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics, all of which are essential in students' education to boost their creativity. 

NISTEM 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. Established in 2007, the NISTEM Center was developed in conjunction with the completion of a proposal submitted to a statewide BioCrossroads STEAM initiative by individuals within Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW) and Science Central, along with financial support provided in part with a grant received from the National Center for Outreach submitted by local television station WFWA PBS39 in partnership with PFW and supported by the Fort Wayne Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

In partnership with a regional stakeholder base, NISTEM works to incorporate and support the diverse needs of the region's education systems, informal education centers, and the business community. The NISTEM 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.