Purdue Bound for 2016-2017

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We are excited to offer Purdue Bound.  The yearly calendar is located at the bottom on this article.
Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders
In 2002, Purdue University pioneered a new solution to address the lack of diversity within the STEM pipeline. Purdue Bound brings together the resources of Purdue University, the Indianapolis Public School (IPS) system and the local business community. Its mission is to prepare IPS students for college and expose them to STEM opportunities. The program can begin as early as the sixth grade. Upon successful completion of the high program, gaining admission to Purdue University and enrollment into an approved Purdue Bound major, the Purdue Bound scholar will be offered a 4-year tuition scholarship that fills the financial need for tuition, fees and books. 

Purdue Bound is a partnership between Purdue University, the Indianapolis Public Schools and the Indianapolis business community. It is designed to mentor low income students and help prepare them for careers in Engineering, Technology, Science, Agriculture and Math Science. Students are invited to join the Science Explorers program at the end of the fifth grade, and then official entry into Purdue Bound at the end of the eighth grade. At IPS, there are four major components:

After School Workshops and Activities
Parent Program
Summer Camps and Internships
Other projects and Workshops
After School Workshops and Activities

The after school workshops and activities are held twice a month. Mentor teachers from the various schools serve as the key point person for their school. Projects and workshops vary from school to school and grade to grade. Past after school activities have included forensic exercises, chemistry labs, robotics projects, guest speakers from Industry and Purdue University and tutoring. A number of the schools have teamed up with Purdue Bound Industrial partners for company-led projects (i.e. Rolls Royce works with Arsenal Tech to build solar cars, Raytheon works with Harshman Middle School to build catapults and provide company tours. Purdue University School of Veterinary Science has also established a Purude Bound Vet Club at Crispus Attucks in Indianapolis.

Parent Program
Parents meet with industry professionals, learn about STEM career opportunities, and are kept abreast of Purdue Bound program activities, educated on what is expected of their child and kept abreast of how they can be better advocates for their children. A Parent Advisory Council works Purdue staff to establish agenda items and run the meetings. The Parent Program meets the first Tuesday of each month during the school year. At the end of each spring semester, a Parent Retreat is held at Purdue University. Also, parents are invited to attend the annual Purdue Christmas Show. » Learn More

Summer Camps and Internships
Summer camps are offered to Purdue Bound students who have maintained a 3.1 GPA, and a “B” average in Science and Math courses. These camps include:

Program Requirements
In order to continue in the PURDUE BOUND Program, You must:

  • Maintain a semester grade average of 3.1 or higher in English, Math Science and Foreign Language. *See Science Course Criteria Below
  • Successfully complete four years of mathematics through Calculus with a 3.1 GPA or higher. *See Math Course Criteria Below
  • Successfully complete four years of science through Physics I with a 3.1 GPA or higher.
  • Students who do not receive an “A or B” in math or science class will need to retake the course.
  • Participate in at least 75% of Purdue Bound events as identified by Attendance Point System.
  • Maintain a journal of your Purdue Bound experience, prepare yearly oral presentation about your Purdue Bound experience and justify why you should be allowed to continue to participate in the Purdue Bound Program.
  • Attend tutoring sessions if Math or Science grades are below 3.1 and follow recommendations for retaking IPS math classes or taking Ivy Tech math courses.
  • Take PSAT Exam as sophomores.
  • Take the ACT and SAT as a Junior and retake either test as needed if the score is not between 1600 – 2000 SAT or 25-30 ACT please note that requirements will vary for your desired program of study at Purdue.
  • I will govern my behavior so that I can be a positive contributor to the program and it’s activities.
  • I understand that in order to maintain membership in the program, I must meet these standards throughout the school year.