ETHOS Science Center was one of the projects discussed this Monday, and we are happy to report that we have been approved for a grant of $532,325 from Regional Cities (this amount may or may not change, depending on future deliberations.
We wish to thank Regional Cities for recognizing that high-quality education is a priority for success in economic development and an essential component for our regional quality of life.
Our mission at the ETHOS Science Center is to provide children of all ages with opportunities to connect science to everyday life through problem-solving, discovery and critical thinking. We provide techniques and tools that turn science lessons into tangible, exciting concepts that students can see, touch, inquire about, understand -- and have fun with.
One of our core working beliefs is that "a community thrives when it collectively supports the positive growth and development of its children," Children of all ages and grade levels. Relating to economic development, a local business leader recently noted that, "when we attract kids who live here and who get their education here, we hope that they will work here. It becomes a win-win situation for the entire community."
ETHOS definitely supports middle school students, but let us share “The Rest of the Story.”
ETHOS’s core business is to manage STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) materials for regional schools and to provide in-depth training for their teachers in the STEM area. Every year over 100 teachers take advantage of ETHOS’ nationally recognized training center. Working in collaboration with area schools, ETHOS pursues and manages grants that support STEM education.
Additionally, our Science Center's curriculum is designed to help classroom teachers and their students meet and exceed national standardized tests' benchmarks. They focus on what their students -- of all ages and grades -- need to know. Our curriculum also adheres to the Smithsonian Science Center's elements of successful science educational reform -- from research through community and administrative support.
Programming directly for students includes science camps during Summer, Spring Break and Fall Break; after-school programming and field trips; Science2Go Bus visits (our Bus was the result of a collaboration of enthusiastic local RV manufacturers); plus ETHOS Academy and community events.
While ETHOS holds some science camps for students in grades 3 through 6, we also offer science and computer camps for those students in grades 9-12. These are for our region's high school students and are held at Ivy Tech.
One local nonprofit Executive Director recently noted that often there's a serious technology gap between what a child is exposed to at school versus the home environment. "For kids age 6-18 it is mandatory for them to have computer skills to be able to function in today's classroom and for their reading comprehension." ETHOS' computer camp programs for high schoolers help fill that gap.
Our robotics program touches 3,600 K-12 students in Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties. In addition, ETHOS hosts robotics tournaments and competitions for K-12 students from all over Indiana. That is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. In May 2014 ETHOS hosted the state-wide high school competitive Robotics championship at North Side Gymnasium. In July 2016 one of our local Robotics teams earned their way to travel to Australia for the International Competition, after winning several state and national championships. The team was composed of four 17-year-olds from the region.
It is an honor to be acknowledged in the Regional Cities Initiative as a project in the community that is worth supporting. Clearly, the Elkhart area has recognized and appreciates the need for excellence in education. ETHOS is proud to be able to contribute to that excellence and to know that we are making a positive impact.
At the ETHOS Science Center, we are true to our mantra: Helping Children (of all ages) Learn Science …. Helping Children Love Science!