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

St. Adalbert Catholic School:  ND Energy was pleased to welcome the eighth grade class from St. Adalbert Catholic School to campus in January 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

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.