NEW PALESTINE — Educators at Doe Creek Middle School in New Palestine will apply with the Indiana Department of Education to become an official science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) school this month.

As part of the qualifications, the school must have affiliations with businesses and organizations that promote the four cores of STEM. School officials have partnered with Eli Lilly Company to meet some of those requirements.

Educators recently brought in Guy Hansen, a science educational outreach specialist with Lilly, to get students fired up about chemistry. He presented a program to all seventh graders called “Chemistry is a Blast.”

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“We need to show on our application that we are partnering with a company that promotes science, and Lilly is perfect for that,” principal Jim Voelz said. “Hopefully, we’ll have some kids that watch the program and have their jaw drop and say, ‘Science is it.’”

Kristy Deer is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3262 or