Applying Mechatronics to Promote Science (AMPS), a GK12 Fellows Program funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), has completed its 6th year at the NYU School of Engineering. The program, led by Mechanical Engineering Professor Vikram Kapila along with Civil Engineering Professor Magued Iskander and the Center for K12 STEM Education’s director Ben Esner, pairs School of Engineering graduate students with local Brooklyn K-12 public schools. The graduate students work weekly with K12 classroom teachers to collaborate on STEM curricula and student teaching.
The Center’s global partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences’ K12 education outreach program and the National University of Malaysia (UKM) continues this month with the Center’s second trip to Kuala Lumpur from February 13 – March 1. The goal for this trip is to adapt the Science of Smart Cities curriculum’s urban infrastructure, transportation, and wireless communications units for Malaysian high school students. In Malaysia, this adapted program is known as the Science of Smart Communities or Bitara STEM and this trip follows-up on the Center’s first trip last September.
The NYU School of Engineering is FIRST‘s only New York City partner and a supporter of many local schools’ year-round robotics programs. This 2013-2014 academic year season includes nine qualifier competitions for NYC FIRST Lego League and NYC FIRST Tech Challenge teams in the New York City area. FLL finalists compete at a championship in April at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, and FTC teams compete for the NYC Championship here on our Brooklyn campus March 8.
View more photos from the FTC Long Island Qualifier, held on January 19.
The application deadline for the Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) 2014 summer program is about a month away. Thanks to generous support from the Pinkerton Foundation, ARISE will accept up to 36 placements this summer for NYC high school students. Research opportunities will take place in 10 different labs ranging from soil mechanics to protein engineering. The program is focused on mentorship, hands-on learning, analytical research, and presentation skills.
There is no fee to apply, and all students who complete the program successfully will receive a $500 stipend.
See and hear different perspectives on the ARISE experience.
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.