K-12 Partnerships


While promoting and developing curricula in support of STEM education through its outreach programs and services, ND Energy is developing long-term partnerships with area schools. These collaborations enable both institutions to work toward achieving the national goals of increasing advanced training and careers in STEM fields, expanding the STEM-capable workforce, and increasing scientific literacy among the general public.  


Madison STEAM Academy:  ND Energy began its partnership with Madison STEAM Academy during the 2015-2016 school year by first visiting the students and then inviting them for a day on campus. ND Energy is part of a Notre Dame contingent that is working to coordinate services and expertise to enhance this South Bend public school. Madison is focused on continual improvement after becoming a magnet school and earning STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) certification from the state of Indiana. By forming strong partnerships with community institutions such as Notre Dame and ND Energy, Madison will be using hands-on STEM activities to pique the students’ interests and natural curiosities. Read More

Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NIRSEF): Members of the Student Energy Board and Energy Studies Minor students annually serve as judges for the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NIRSEF) held on Notre Dame's campus. The judges evaluate the energy-related projects of middle and high school student competitors to award the top project in each age division. View winners from 2016-2021

St. Adalbert Catholic School:  ND Energy was pleased to welcome the eighth grade class from St. Adalbert Catholic School to campus to experience a chemistry lab and learn a bit about life as a scientist. This is part of an on-going relationship between Assistant Professor Emily Tsui and the junior high students of the South Bend elementary school. Researchers in the Tsui lab demonstrated various techniques and equipment and answered a wide range of questions about what it is like to be a chemist. Read More

St. Joseph County 4H Fair:  ND Energy was pleased to be invited to participate in the 2019 St. Joseph County 4H Fair to provide energy-related interactive demonstrations to fair-goers alongside faculty who volunteered their time and expertise to help children understand the importance of energy. Read More

TRiO Programs:  ND Energy recently signed a letter of intent with the U.S. Department of Education's TRiO Programs hosted by the University of Notre Dame to support their efforts to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance. TRiO's college preparatory programs - Talent Search and Upward Bound - assist low-income families and first-generation college students as they progress from middle school to high school and beyond. Read More

For more information or to get involved, contact Anne Berges Pillai, Education and Outreach Associate Program Director, at 574-631-9106 or apillai@nd.edu.