In the Summer of 2014, a National Competition, referred to as US2020, challenged US metropolitan cities to develop plans to dramatically increase the scale and quality of mentorship between professions working in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and students underrepresented in the sciences. Announced at the White House Science Fair, Indianapolis was one of 7 winning cities that was given grant money for STEM Mentoring Movements to inspire US students to follow an ever-increasing demand for STEM Careers.
The sponsors of US2020 in Indy are the City of Indianapolis with the Mayor’s backing along with TechPoint Foundation for Youth and VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). TechPoint chose Mathematics Pentathlon® as one of it’s major programs to implement their STEM Mentoring Movement Plan. We were pleased to announce that the 2014-15 School Year, the first pilot year in this 6 Year Project, went exceptionally well for mentors that implemented the Mathematics Pentathlon® Program. One of the Mathematics Pentathlon® Mentor Groups, First Internet Bank, were National Finalists and officially recognized at the White House that summer.
Growth of the Mathematics Pentathlon® Program continued throughout the 2015-16 School Year and it was again considered one of Tech Point Foundation’s most popular mentoring programs. For the 2016-17 School Year and beyond, Tech Point Foundation is trying to better support the Mathematics Pentathlon® Program and it’s growth. They are pursuing this goal by helping to finance the Pentathlon Institute’s efforts in creating videos that assist in the teaching of the games for their US2020 mentors and other Mathematics Pentathlon® Program Coaches.