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Homework Hotline, Children’s Museum Planning ‘STEM Busters’ to Enrich Science, Math Skills in Vigo County Middle Schools

September 14, 2012

             Homework Hotline 2012
  Ready To Answer Calls: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students are available Sundays through Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to help middle- and high-school students understand their math and science homework problems.  The toll-free telephone number is 1-877-ASK-ROSE.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Homework Hotline program is teaming with the Terre Haute Children's Museum on a two-year free after-school project to encourage and enrich skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics among middle school students in the Vigo County School Corporation.

The program, proclaimed "STEM Busters," will begin this fall at Woodrow Wilson Middle School. Three two-hour sessions are planned in the school's cafeteria on September 26, October 3 and October 10. There is a limit of 50 students in the program.  Registrations are being coordinated by Woodrow Wilson teachers Jeremy Johnson and Brian Sullivan.

Sessions at Sarah Scott Middle School are planned early in 2013, with other VCSC middle schools being featured next year.

Rose-Hulman students serving as Homework Hotline tutors will assist THCM educators in presenting fun, hands-on programs based on the popular MythBusters television series. Lessons will offer sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students the opportunity to bust or prove the myths about design characteristics, structures and culinary arts.  These activities may include an Egg Drop Contest, suspension bridge building and packaging Pringles potato chips.

"These programs will reinforce science and math principles that students learn throughout the middle-school curriculum," states Janie Szabo, assistant director of Rose-Hulman's Homework Hotline.  "This new program will also allow students to work in a collaborative educational environment that builds relationships that could be helpful throughout their secondary educational careers.  Our Homework Hotline tutors are looking forward to this exciting new educational adventure."

VCSC administrators have been supportive of this pilot program.

Meanwhile, Rose-Hulman's Homework Hotline toll-free telephone tutoring service is now available to help students throughout the Wabash Valley in grades six through 12 in understanding the complexities of math and science problems.  Approximately 40 students are available from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Eastern time) on Sundays through Thursdays by calling 1-877-ASK-ROSE (1-877-275-7673).  Math and science learning resources, test prep practice and study tips for students based on Indiana Academic Standards are also available at

The Homework Hotline is supported by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.