More than 100 students from high schools in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties will participate in the American Heart Association’s inaugural STEM event this Tuesday, November 12th at NIPSCO’s headquarters in Merrillville. The students will learn about STEM -Science, Technology, Engineering, Math- from local industry leaders via panel discussion, lunch with mentors and exploration rotations and will have the opportunity to ask questions. The program is presented locally by NIPSCO and ArcelorMittal.
“NIPSCO is committed to STEM education and the various career opportunities it provides for emerging talents preparing to graduate high school,” said NIPSCO CEO Violet Sistovaris. “The American Heart Association’s STEM program is very exciting because it’s guided by a science-based organization that addresses a health care crisis today — cardiovascular wellness. Students will learn how the science pillar is also connected to technology and engineering to help round out their career choices as they prepare for the future.”
The STEM event is new to the Northwest Indiana area, and students are eager to participate, according to John Mengel, GM and VP ArcelorMittal.“It’s great to hear about students having interest in STEM careers. They will walk away from the event learning the latest trends for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and will be inspired by the impact they can make through a career in STEM,” said Mengel.
“As a science-based organization the American Heart Association’s STEM program will inspire and guide students considering this career path and many incredible opportunities exist here in the region,” said Raymond Grady, President and CEO Methodist Hospitals. “This is a new generation that will be making life-saving breakthroughs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The time is now to prepare our young people for the future.”