While the primary focus of Purdue College of Science K-12 Outreach is teacher support, we also offer programs aimed at engaging students and parents in the excitement of science. Click on underlined titles to learn more about each program.
Focus on Science -- Focus on Science is a full week of hands-on science activities for students in grades K-8. This program seeks to excite and enlighten students about the importance of science in their daily lives. It exposes students and teachers to standards-based classroom activities that combine engagement, cooperative learning, and real-world relevance. Focus on Science can also include evening parent-student activities and tTeacher in-service programs. Focus on Science Program Information
Math Field Day -- Math Field Day is hosted by the Purdue Mathematics Education Club and Science K-12 Outreach at Purdue University. The objective of Math Field Day is to provide middle school students with an experience that emphasizes applications of mathematics, problem solving, and teamwork while providing Purdue pre-service teachers with valuable experience in preparing mathematical activities and teaching.
Milton is Missing -- Milton is Missing is a standards-based integrated forensics science activity. The activity is an investigation of the disappearance of a summer camp mascot, Milton. Students work together to test an array of evidence to determine the most likely suspect. The student teams participate in various processes like chromatography and blood typing similar to that which is done by actual scientists. The Purdue Science Outreach Coordinators lead a final data analysis and explanation of processes.
Science Olympiad -- Students teams from schools across Indiana compete in 23 different science, engineering, and technology events. The events are designed to stress science concepts and knowledge, science processes and thinking skills or science applications and technology. Purdue University hosts a regional competition in the spring.
Unearthing a Mystery, a Paleontology Dig -- The Paleontology Dig is an inquiry-based activity in which students and teachers work together to unearth and assemble a skeleton. This activity addresses the skeletal system, communication, teamwork, and scientific facts about the natural world.
Departmental Student Programs
- Summer Biology Experience
- Focus Visits
- Computer Science Summer Camps
- Programming with Lego Robotics
- Computer Science Concepts for Kids
- GUTS (Going Under The Surface of a Computer)
- ROCS (Reaching Out for Computer Science)
- Bag of Rocks
- Pollution Problems
- Fossil Footprints
- Simple Spinners
- High School Testing Program
College of Science K-12 Outreach