Forty of Harshman Magnet Middle School’s talented seventh graders received a hands-on lesson in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This morning, West Point Society of Indiana invited the students to attend a Leadership Ethics and Diversity in STEM (LEADS) workshop at the Rolls Royce/UAW Training Center. During the workshop – led by faculty and cadets from the United States military – students were encouraged to take STEM classes. They also participated in practical exercises, demonstrations, and robotics competitions designed to enhance their understanding of ethical leadership in a STEM-oriented environment.  Students were even treated to a free continental breakfast, as well as a hearty lunch.

The LEADS workshop with Harshman students is one of six conducted across the U.S. during the 2015-2016 school year.  Organizers say Indianapolis was specifically selected as a result of contacts between Congressman Andre Carson and Lieutenant General Robert Caslen, the Superintendent of the Military Academy at West Point.

We’d like to send a special thank you to West Point for providing IPS students an incredible opportunity and to our partners at IUPUI who assisted Harshman’s teachers in chaperoning.

West Point also sponsored a Leadership & Ethics Conference for high school juniors across central Indiana. Students from Northwest Community High School participated in that conference, including an interactive seminar during which the students explored the foundations of ethical leadership and their own personal values.  Small group discussions led by Cadets from West Point were the highlight of the conference. 

For more information about LEADS workshops, click here.