STEM Games II combined learning and fun in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Junior high and high school students gathered in Indianapolis Saturday to compete in “STEM Games II: Making Way for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.”

Central Indiana students from 7th through 12th grade assembled at Carpe Diem Meridian school, on the 2200 block of Meridian Street, to practice STEM learning and learn about possible future careers that include parts or all of STEM.

STEM Games II included interactive games for students and featured workshops that developed skills in each of the components of STEM; science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The half-day event on Feb. 7 lasted from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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STEM Games II combined learning and fun in Indianapolis

Carpe Diem Meridian names new principal

The tuition-free charter school, Carpe Diem Meridian has named LaNier Echols as interim principal. For almost three years, Echols has served as dean of students working to prepare students by organizing college fairs, teaching them how to fill out college and job applications, resolving issues and more.

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“I’ve been very impressed with LaNier’s work ethic and her dedication to helping prepare students for college and a career,” said Robert Sommers, CEO of Carpe Diem Learning Systems.

“Effective immediately, she will be serving as interim principal of Carpe Diem Meridian and will also be a very strong candidate for the fulltime position.”

“It’s a natural transition for me to serve as the interim principal and I am very excited about this opportunity to lead the school,” said Echols. “I believe in Carpe Diem’s blended learning model and look forward to preparing our students for successful futures.”

Echols earned a degree in Social Science Education from Florida State University and joined Teach for America upon graduation, which lead her to teach at IPS. She earned her Masters Degree from Marian University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Indiana State University.

Carpe Diem schools are tuition free public charter schools, educating junior and senior high students for the 21st century with a blended learning model that combines digital learning on computers with instruction by teachers in classrooms. In 2015, Carpe Diem schools will be located in Yuma, Ariz.; Indianapolis; Cincinnati and San Antonio.