Quantum Leap is an Indiana Humanities initiative that encourages Hoosiers to explore and celebrate the spirit of possibility and problem-solving that occurs when we bridge the humanities with science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and medicine.
Hoosiers are inventors, creators and innovators—we question, we tinker, we imagine. From the development of TV to the first man on the moon to the first video game console, Hoosier scientists, engineers, doctors and entrepreneurs have led the way. Yet most of the stories we tell are stories about men. In the history of STEM and innovation in Indiana, women’s stories have often been overlooked or poorly told.
To fix this problem, Indiana Humanities, the Indiana Historical Bureau, the Indiana State Library, the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana Department of Historic Preservation and Archaeology teamed up for a Hoosier Women in STEM Wikipedia edit-a-thon! Hoosier history lovers, including volunteers, reference librarians and specialists, took part in this fun and focused day of research, writing and fellowship on Sat., Oct. 21 at the Indiana State Library.
Leading up to the big day we collected stories from historians, researchers, and museum folks from across the state. We gathered a list of entries to be added or improved on Wikipedia. On the day of the event, we had librarians and experts, research materials and step-by-step instructions for how to create or edit Wikipedia entries.
Anyone can join the fun—no prior Wikipedia editing experience necessary!