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UIndy Education Alum Heather Noesges Featured in Indy Star


Fortville Elementary School played host to the Arcade Cardboard Challenge on Friday, October 21. The event saw second through fifth graders creating cardboard-based games for parents, teachers, and their first-grade classmates to participate in. Before contestants could play, they had to correctly answer a math question. The emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) has been identified as a priority in Indiana.

“The kids loved creating the games and they were so engaged,” Fortville Elementary principal and UIndy iLEAD alumna Heather Noesges explained. “The first-graders ran back to their math class and said they needed to do the same thing.”

See a slideshow of the event on Indy Star’s website

UIndy’s iLEAD (Inspiring Leadership in Education through Application and Dialogue) prepares K-12 teachers to become innovative school administrators. Noesges explained that events such as this typify concepts like project-based learning that are emphasized in the iLEAD curriculum.

Dr. John Somers is the director of graduate programs in UIndy’s School of Education.

“The iLEAD program focuses on preparing the 21st Century principal who is knowledgeable about leading schools using design thinking which exposes students to new curricular models such as makerspaces, STEM programming, and innovative schools for the future,” Somers says.

Read how iLEAD helped a vice-principal find his passion. 

iLEAD cohorts begin in May or September. Students meet on campus during select Saturdays to accommodate the schedule of working teachers. Those interested in learning more should contact Assistant Director of Enrollment Whitnie Shay at or 317.788.2004.