University of Southern Indiana

STEM Challenge

Created through the I-69 Innovation Corridor Brainpower Initiative, Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce and Oakland City University, the STEM Challenge is annual event intended for high school students to solve real world STEM problems provided by regional industry leaders.  Hosted at Oakland City University, the STEM Challenge partners with approximately 15 industry and educational organizations who provide unique STEM challenges for approximately 30 high school teams.  In 2019, USI participated for the fourth time in this event.

2019 STEM Challenge

students calculating on a laptop

2019 Challenge Providers

Berry Global, USI/Manpower, Nix, ATTC, Jasper Engines, Kimball International, Farbest Foods, Toyota, Kimball Electronics

2019 Challenge Participants

Pike Central High School, Princeton High School, Eastern Greene High School, New Tech Institute, Forest Park, Southern Indiana Career & Technical Center, William Henry Harrison High School, Boonville High School, Princeton Community High School, Southridge High School, North High School, South Spencer High School, Bosse High School, Jasper High School, Tell City Jr./ Sr. High School

USI/Manpower Challenge - Balloon Powered Vehicle Course

2018 STEM Challenge

STEM Challenge participants gather at the Johnson Gym End of day ceremonies End of day ceremonies

2018 Challenge Providers

Mead Johnson, Jasper Engines, Kimball Electronics, ATTC, Toyota, FarBest, Kimball International, NIX

2018 Challenge Participants, High Schools

Pike Central High School, Princeton High School, Eastern Greene High School, New Tech Institute, Forest Park, Southern Indiana Career & Technical Center, William Henry Harrison High School, Boonville High School, Princeton Community High School, Southridge High School, North High School, South Spencer High School, Bosse High School, Jasper High School, Tell City Jr./ Sr. High School

USI/ Manpower Challenge - Foam Glider Launch

students launching glider students building glider students discussing launch
launching launching students launching

2017 STEM Challenge 

Teams working on challenge Team working on challenge Team working on challenge

2017 Challenge Providers

Mead Johnson, Jasper Engines, Kimball Electronics, USI/ Manpower, ATTC, Kimball International, Toyota, Farbest Foods and Battery Innovation Center

2017 Challenge Participants, High Schools

Eastern Greene HS, North Posey HS, Princeton Community HS, Southridge HS, Forrest Park HS, Perry Central Community Schools, Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center, Reitz HS, Heritage Hills HS, South Spencer HS, Central HS, Perry Central HS, North HS, New Tech HS, Bosse HS, William Henry Harrison HS, Jasper HS, 

USI/ Manpower Challenge - Drone Obstacle Course

Demonstration of Drone obstacle course Teams receiving instructions student flying drones through course
Receiving directions for USI/ Manpower challenge Table of drones for ready for competition Team flying drone

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