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...a club for people who never stop learning...

The Scientech Club provides a forum for weekly presentations and discussions in the fields of science and technology and other topics for the enlightenment of its membership.

Regular, one-hour Meetings are, with the exception of holidays, held every Monday at noon at The Northside Knights of Columbus, 2100 East 71st Street, Indianapolis. Club Members, as well as the general public, may attend our Regular Meetings for a nominal contribution to pay for the facility. For those who wish, a buffet lunch may be enjoyed before the meeting. Occasionally, instead of a presentation, members and their guests may take a tour to a place of interest, such as a plant or historical site.

The Scientech Club is associated with an outstanding local charitable Foundation, The Scientech Club Foundation, established by Scientech members to promote science education. Information about the foundation may be found under the heading Foundations above.

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Be sure to check the Club Activities page for the locations and times for upcoming Science Fairs which need Scientech members to act as judges.


Griffith Trip

A small group of Scientech members visited the pharmaceutical museum in Griffith, IN, on November 13. The museum was established by John and Paul Schreiner, brothers of Dr. Richard Schreiner, one of our members. It was an excellent tour of what must be the most comprehensive and exclusive museum of its type in the entire MidWest. We spent nearly 3 hours with the Schreiner Brothers who gave us a lively and extremely interesting tour. Scientech attendees included Dr. Richard Schreiner, Trudy Doyle, Herb Parks, Mary Ann Cates, and John Rathman.

See the Club News page for information about new members of Scientech who have joined the club since the last Roster was printed.


Congratulations to club member Jim Baize who just received a Certificate of Honor from the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame, Class of 2014, for his military service achievements during the battle for Iwo Jima in World War II. Club members may remember his inspiring talk on Hell Revisited, A Return to Iwo Jima After 70 Years presented in April, 2012.

Vol 92 No 3 - January 26, 2015

Collaborating with Community to Support Incredible Science Experiences

Presented By: Dr. Catherine Hagerman Pangan, Associate Professor, College of Education, Butler University


Dr Catherine Pangan

Dr. Pangan (, 317-940-6215) is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Butler University. She earned her doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University, in Curriculum and Teaching. She attributes her love of science partially to her mother who arranged a loan of moon rocks (under armed guard). This inspired her and the rest of the story is still being written.

Dr. Pangan is dedicated to instilling exciting/enticing STEM teaching experiences and skills in her students at Butler. She believes passionately in the wonder and value of science (for its own merit AND also as a basis of modern society) and strives to instill this in her students, believing that science should be at the center, not the periphery of elementary/secondary education. She believes and strives to teach exciting, well researched kernels of science. These will nurture a desire for more, in both her Butler students, and, in the future, in their elementary school students. She hopes the desire nurtured for science will offset the "teach to the test" mentality that is currently popular.

Dr. Pangan's presentation described multiple initiatives involving her students with the community, focused on STEM teaching moments.

She started with a science demo. Pouring water into a container with a dry white powder generated a white (dry) fluffy substance. It was actually part of a magic trick to amaze and excite. Curiosity was raised.

The Challenge: transform students with a lack of confidence in science into well-educated STEM teacher candidates. The methodology: Blocked classes in a community environment; required science classes to establish knowledge; yearlong student teaching with assignments in upper/lower grades and urban/suburban schools; and four years of rigorous teacher training.

Interactive programs have been established between her Butler classes/students and IPS (Washington Township), the Sycamore School, the Children's Museum, the IMA, and the Indianapolis Zoo. Another program is starting with Shortridge Middle School.

At the Sycamore School they set up a program of CSI (Curious Science Investigators) to encourage the students to explore and learn. This is a student teaching assignment for her students. To judge the effectiveness of the student teaching, she uses the 5E model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Evaluate, and Elaborate).

A non-scientific measure is the PBA (Positive Bottoms Assessment). When the students are enthusiastically participating in the learning experience, she sees a lot of bottoms.

The Children's Museum serves as a resource to develop background knowledge on a variety of topics; one cited was the concept of density. CSI with museum "friends" is encouraged and thrives.

The IPS/Butler University LAB School has been established at IPS School 60 (34th and Meridian). NASA offered Dr. Pangan a class talk with the astronauts on the ISS (International Space Station). After a mini-lesson on ISS, students crafted questions which were sent to the astronauts. Astronaut David Wolf moderated with several students on stage. What do you do for an encore for 3rd graders?

Another program has been initiated with the IMA. It is called STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). Students gained an appreciation for art in their everyday lives and had a creative experience with imagining clouds from an artist's perspective.

When the Orangutan Exhibit came to the Indianapolis Zoo, Dr. Pangan seized the opportunity to help start the Zoo's curriculum which naturally involved the study of the main subjects. This was another science learning experience in the community for her students.

Scientech thanks Dr. Pangan for a thoroughly enjoyable talk.

Notes by John Peer