AxiaTP, the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce and the Zionsville RISE Foundation Create a STEM Education Workshop and Competition for Area Students

Zionsville, IN – AxiaTP, the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce and the Zionsville RISE Foundation have come together to create the STEMz Project—a collaborative, immersive STEM education workshop and competition for area students, grades 7-12. The mission is to be a catalyst for local science and technology incubation and innovation, uniting the business community to showcase local opportunities in science and technology.

The “Build Smart Challenge” curriculum was designed by STEM Education Works to challenge and inspire students to design, build, program, and eventually race karts that they create. The “Z Prize Competition” will utilize the elements within STEM to answer this year’s theme question, in a combination STEM and business pitch competition.

“AxiaTP is excited to partner with the RISE Foundation and Zionsville Chamber of Commerce on this new endeavor, making STEM learning accessible to kids in Indiana,” says Roger Veach, President and CEO of AxiaTP. “The STEMz Project is aimed at inspiring kids to take STEM paths in their career—something we are passionate about as an IT provider in the Indianapolis community. Our goal is to foster creativity in kids so they grow into creative, successful adults in STEM careers; and The STEMz Project fuels that initiative.”

The programming takes students through multiple training and building/mentoring sessions, with a presentation/competition in June. Students will participate free of charge—it was important to all organizations to eliminate barriers for any area student that may be interested in participating. The vision is to become the largest driving force of equitable opportunity and access for students in Indiana to deepen their knowledge in the areas of STEM. Registration opens January 1, 2022.

“We are proud to create the STEMz Project with AxiaTP,” emphasizes Allyson Gutwein, Executive Director of the Zionsville Chamber and Zionsville RISE Foundation. “We want to introduce our future workforce to STEM related careers and employers right here in Zionsville. Learn here, work here.”

For more information, please visit the program website:

Announcement Released 11/9/2021