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The hand-made waterwheel splashed in the flowing current, but it wasn’t turning quite as efficiently as Brayden Scarlett, its designer, had expected. However, the few volts of electricity generated by the wheel ignited his interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and a new interest in mechanical engineering. Read More>>
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The hand-made waterwheel splashed in the flowing current, but it wasn’t turning quite as efficiently as Brayden Scarlett, its designer, had expected. However, the few volts of electricity generated by the wheel ignited his interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and a new interest in mechanical engineering.
“Now, I know I like to build stuff,” Scarlett says smiling.
Scarlett, a senior at Shelbyville High School, was one of more than 300 students from throughout the country participating in Rose-Hulman’s Operation Catapult program this summer. The two-and-a-half week program provided valuable hands-on STEM experiences, while giving students a preview about college.
Shelbyville classmates Logan Perry and Daniel Young also attended Operation Catapult this summer through the Innovative Model: Positioning Communities for Transformation (IMPaCT 2016) program, which has forged a partnership between Shelbyville, Shelby County, and Rose-Hulman.
Before attending Operation Catapult, Perry was inclined toward studying mechanical engineering in college, but discovered a passion for computer programming after helping design a video game as part of a group project. With that experience, he now thinks he could design, build, and program a robot on his own.
“I just enjoyed the whole [Operation Catapult] experience,” Perry says.
Young was part of another group that also designed a video game. Like the others, he said the summer program introduced new possibilities in STEM career fields.
“I didn’t have any prior experience in programming,” Young says. “I learned completely new things.”
Launched in 2014, Rose-Hulman’s IMPaCT partnership started when Shelbyville and Shelby County officials sought to stimulate economic development by creating home-grown entrepreneurial talent, educate future innovators, and attract manufacturing- and technology-based businesses. The partnership covers Operation Catapult program costs for Shelby County students, and fosters closer links between the community and Rose-Hulman.
“This partnership allows our youth to be exposed to the educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at the nation’s number one engineering school,” states Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun.
Operation Catapult, which this summer completed its 49th year, is one of many successful programs provided by Rose-Hulman designed to generate STEM interest in young people.
“I enjoyed it immensely,” Scarlett says, echoing similar comments from his fellow Shelby County classmates. They enjoyed living on the Rose-Hulman campus, listening to inspiring Rose-Hulman faculty lectures on STEM-related projects, and making new friends who shared similar interests.
“It was great,” Perry says. “There was always something to talk about with the person sitting next to you.”
Rose-Hulman/Shelbyville/Shelby County IMPaCT Partnership Earns Local Government Cooperation Award, Marks First-Year Successes
A successful community and educational development partnership between Rose-Hulman, Shelbyville, and Shelby County has been recognized with a local government cooperation award from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT).
The City of Shelbyville partnered in 2013 with Shelby County and Rose-Hulman on the Innovative Model: Positioning Communities for Transformation (IMPaCT). The economic development and community involvement program has increased science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculum for local school students, and benefitted local industry by creating an intentional and collaborative bridge between local industry and education leading to clearer pathways for future success.
“Our members frequently ask for best practices that embrace the principles of operating at maximum efficiency, while building communities with a great quality of life. The City of Shelbyville and Project IMPaCT are an example that other communities can learn from,” says IACT Executive Director and CEO Matt Greller.
The five-part IMPaCT partnership strives to increase the number of Shelby County students with the skills necessary for higher education in STEM areas; has connected Rose-Hulman students with the local technology industry; established a network of industry, academic, and government leadership; raised awareness of the professional development and other engineering resources available through the college; and introduced high-school freshmen to a plethora of career opportunities with the more than 30 local industries in Shelby County.
“We can do a lot of things for the citizens we serve. One of those things is knowing how to find the right partners with similar goals in mind,” says Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun. “The IMPaCT Partnership continues to be a fantastic opportunity to work collaboratively with Rose-Hulman and the county. If we weren’t all willing to work together for the greater success of our community, we wouldn’t get very far.”
Programs established to accomplish the partnership’s goals have been:
- Innovation Networking: Shelby County industry, academic, and government leadership connect with Rose-Hulman alumni, faculty, students, and staff through bi-monthly networking events sponsored by the partnership. These events are well-attended, and have inspired greater collaboration and community pride among residents, businesses, and educators.
- Operation Catapult Scholars: Shelby County high school students have participated in Rose-Hulman’s unique campus summer program that exposes recent rising senior-year students to engineering and applied science through hands-on project work, lectures, and visits to see scientists and engineers at work.
- EMERGE Program: Rose-Hulman student mentors work with ninth grade students throughout the county to expose them to local industry as well as academic opportunities and careers in STEM-related fields. All county high schools are participating in the EMERGE program this school year.
- Entrepreneurial Internships: Rose-Hulman students are embedded within local companies, providing high-caliber technical skills while positioning Shelby County as an attractive location to work and live. More than 18 Rose-Hulman students have taken part in summer internships with Shelby County companies in 2013 and 2014.
- Innovation Partnerships: Shelby County entrepreneurs and companies can receive awards for project support with the Rose-Hulman Ventures program for design, prototyping, and testing services from Rose-Hulman student intern teams. Rose-Hulman Ventures has completed its third innovative project with Shelby County residents and companies.
“This partnership is a triple win for Shelbyville, Shelby County, and Rose-Hulman, and we hope to expand the program and achieve greater impact in the future,” says Bill Kline, Rose-Hulman’s Dean of Innovation and Engagement.