Daniella Patrick, a BS Mechanical Engineering and MS Mathematics student at NYU-Poly, is a dedicated STEM education leader. She started working with the Center for K12 STEM Education in 2011. Her creative and enthusiastic personality combined with her passion for encouraging K12 students to pursue STEM education have influenced many of the Center’s programs. She has worked directly with students at local partner schools, PAVE Academy and the Urban Assembly Institute (UAI) of Math and Science for Young Women, and on campus with the curriculum development of Science of Smart Cities (SoSC) and with the launch of Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE).
This Fall, the Center for K12 STEM Education partnered with the Code Liberation Foundation and the Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women to pilot a new 30-hour program focused on introducing young women to coding and creating games. This program, called Code Liberation High School, recently graduated its first class. The program took place after school at NYU-Poly’s Media and Games Network (MAGNET) space in downtown Brooklyn.
The Center’s Science of Smart Cities (SoSC) program may have wrapped up its latest run in August on NYU-Poly’s campus, but we are pleased to announce a new, international project centered on this initiative. A team from NYU-Poly, along with the New York Academy of Science’s K12 outreach program, will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia September 20 through October 3 to work with the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia or UKM). This global partnership adapts the SoSC curriculum and program for Malaysian middle school students and launches “The Science of Smart Communities”, or as it will be known in Malaysia, Bitara STEM.
The Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) at NYU-Poly connects middle and high school teachers with lab research over the summer for hands-on training in STEM education. In this NYU-Poly Gowanus Canal explorer project, teacher Channa Comer was paired with graduate researcher Jeffrey Laut in NYU-Poly’s Dynamical Systems Laboratory to add sensors to the robot to test for and collect data on air and water quality. Teacher participation in this citizen science project has inspired interest in engaging K12 students in their classrooms with modules to create their own small robots with senors to experiment with environmental data analysis in their own communities.
Learn more about this experiment and participate in the project at Brooklyn Atlantis.
Editor’s Note: To highlight the work of innovative K12 STEM education programs and educators around the country, we invite guest posts contributed by #STEMNOW leaders. This is the third in our series.
Sandy Marshall is the founder of Project Scientist, a non-profit devoted to addressing the challenges and disadvantages women and girls face in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The organization focuses on challenges including the under-representation of women in STEM education majors, STEM careers and a lack of community among female professionals and students within the field.
Editor’s Note: To highlight the work of innovative K12 STEM education programs and educators around the country, we invite guest posts contributed by #STEMNOW leaders. This is the second in our series.
Nimisha Ghosh Roy is the Program Manager for FabFems, a project that facilitates important connections between young women and STEM female professionals during critical transition points in career pathways. She recently worked with young women at an underwater LEGO robotics camp in Seattle, WA. Continue reading
Congratulations to the 18 New York City high school students who completed the Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering program on NYU-Poly’s campus today. After an immersive 8-week experience in workshops, courses and mentored research in one of 10 labs under the guidance of graduate and undergraduate students, ARISE participants presented their findings with confidence, accuracy and enthusiasm.
Watch these videos from our live broadcast featuring middle school motion makers. They show their short films and describe their experience with their one-week Motion Lab intensive at NYU-Poly, in partnership with MakerBot.org. The students worked in groups and designed and created stop motion animation short films with 3D printed props. Combining arts and technology with creative imagination brings the students’ scenes and settings to life.
Editor’s Note: To highlight the work of innovative K12 STEM education programs and educators around the country, we are starting a series of guest posts contributed by #STEMNOW leaders. This is the first in our series.
Lissa Moses Johnson is the Founder of Mosa Mack Animations. As a former science teacher and Siemens STEM Institute Fellow, she was disappointed with the lack of diversity in science resources and decided to change that. With her background in media production and content development, she created a web-series of short animated science mysteries to expose all students to the thrill of learning. Continue reading
NYU-Poly partnered this summer with Irondale Ensemble Project in its Science of Smart Cities program. To develop the communication skills of these middle school students Irondale used theater techniques like improvisation and role play that helped students become confident presenters of scientific and technical information, key attributes of successful STEM professionals. Watch this application of the arts in STEM and learn about some of the thinking behind this pilot initiative.