Conexus Indiana announces winning schools from Indiana Pacers STEM Fest event

INDIANAPOLIS (May 8, 2018) Conexus Indiana announced today the nine schools that won grants from the Pacers Foundation for their strong attendance at the Indiana Pacers 2018 STEM Fest. The Pacers Foundation donated $10,000 in total grants to the nine schools with the highest school community attendance at this year’s STEM Fest. The school with the highest attendance won $2,000 and the other eight schools won $1,000 each to support STEM in their classrooms. The winning schools include:

  • Forest Glen Elementary School, Indianapolis
  • Fishback Creek Public Academy, Indianapolis
  • Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, Indianapolis
  • Avon Intermediate School West, Avon
  • Roch Catholic School, Indianapolis
  • Doe Creek Middle School, New Palestine
  • Our Lady of Providence Junior-Senior High School, Clarksville
  • Grant Line Elementary School, New Albany
  • Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate/Junior High, Fishers

Conexus planned and co-hosted the Indiana Pacers STEM Fest 2018 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 11, 2018.  The event was aimed at raising awareness of STEM careers, the technologies employed by those occupations and related academic pathways, including those in advanced manufacturing and logistics.  The event drew attendees from 130 different schools from across the state.

“Conexus Indiana was thrilled to partner with the Pacers for STEM Fest 2018, which helped get students from across Indiana interested in careers in STEM, including the technology-enabled fields we focus on: advanced manufacturing and logistics,” said J. Mark Howell, president and CEO of Conexus Indiana. “More than 1,000 students and families attended STEM Fest 2018. We congratulate all of the winning schools for their tremendous participation.”

“The Pacers Foundation was delighted to support this unique and valuable program that brought benefit to so many central Indiana youth,” said Bill Benner, foundation executive director.

“Thank you to the Pacers Foundation and Conexus Indiana for the opportunity to have our school community learn more about STEM careers,” said Jerome Omar Lahlou, principal of Forest Glen, a Spanish immersion magnet school with the highest attendance at STEM Fest 2018. “We are excited to utilize the grant to help support our STEM curriculum.”

The Pacers Foundation grants are to be utilized to purchase kits that are aligned to curricular or co-curricular STEM activities at each winning school.

About Conexus Indiana

For more than a decade, Conexus Indiana, one of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership non-profit initiatives, has been positioning the Hoosier State as the best place for the advanced manufacturing and logistics industries to invest, employ and succeed. By collaborating with industry, academic and public sector partners on a shared vision for an innovative, skilled workforce and stronger business climate, Conexus Indiana has helped to create opportunities for advanced manufacturing and logistics companies, prepare Hoosiers to succeed in the state’s largest industry sectors and maintain Indiana’s competitive advantage. For more information, go to