Barker Middle School has been recognized by the Indiana Department of Education as a school of Promising Practice in the area of STEM Community Challenges. Barker Middle School’s Promising Practice is one of 200 education or wrap-around service programs to be recognized by the Department in honor of Indiana’s bicentennial celebration.
"Barker’s quarterly STEM Challenges are a true model of community involvement," says Michigan City Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Barbara Eason-Watkins. "It has been a joy to witness rockets launching, eggs dropping, slingshots propelling objects, and paper airplanes taking flight as Barker students engage businesses, professional engineers, community groups, senior citizens, elementary students, and others in these projects. All involved experience the fun of hands-on science and engineering together.”
Identified programs, like Barker Middle School’s, are student-centered and focus on positively impacting students through innovative programming and activities that provide a high-quality learning environment and experience. Barker Middle School’s STEM Community Challenges Promising Practice will be shared with educators across the state of Indiana as an example of best practices that are having a positive impact on Hoosier students.
Additional information about the Promising Practices initiative can be found on the Department’s website: www.doe.in.gov/outreach/promising-practices.