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SOURCE NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
NYU Students and Incubator Entrepreneurs Join NYU Faculty as Instructors and Mentors to Middle and High School Students and Teachers; Professors Open Labs for Real Research
New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina to Keynote the Opening Event of a Summer-Long Engineering Extravaganza to Bridge the Technology Divide
NEW YORK, July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In Brooklyn, summer vacation may evoke thoughts of Coney Island, but Downtown Brooklyn will be the gathering place for the intellectually curious this summer. In the heart of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, the New York University School of Engineering will launch an expanded summer program engaging hundreds of K-12 teachers, students from middle school through graduate school, NYU faculty, and even mentors from the school's network of business incubators. Throughout classrooms, field trips, and laboratories, the conversation and hands-on action will center on STEM: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
On July 10, 2014, New York City Department of Education Chancellor Carmen Farina will keynote an invitation-only event to launch this year's #STEMNOW, involving 19 different programs, 15 laboratories, fully a quarter of the School of Engineering's full-time faculty, 50 K-12 teachers, 90 NYU student fellows, and nearly 500 middle and high school students including many at summer camps throughout the city. At the heart of #STEMNOW are the many tuition-free programs that engage and educate students and teachers in underserved communities, supported by local donors and federal agencies in order to close the STEM divide. Meanwhile-illustrating that STEM is for adults, too-the Code Liberation Foundation will offer free classes in digital game development for women in the notoriously male-dominated field. And across the school, more than 60 NYU School of Engineering undergraduates will spend the summer in laboratories performing meaningful research-an experience typically reserved for graduate students.
Simultaneously, the NYU School of Engineering will amp up its nationwide conversation through social media, using the hashtag #STEMNOW. Participants will engage fellow students, parents, educators, policy makers, and STEM professionals in discussions about what they are doing in STEM now, propelling the national drive for high-quality STEM education and demonstrating how to improve instruction and learning in STEM fields. Last summer's most popular postings will return, offering parents and teachers quick tips on how to engage youngsters in STEM projects while guiding teachers and home-schooling parents to sites that carry full-fledged curricula developed by the NYU-hosted programs.
"This institution has historically admitted many young people from New York's neighborhoods and helped them to obtain the knowledge and skills to become successful scholars, researchers, entrepreneurs, and highly valued employees," said Dr. Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, NYU School of Engineering president and dean. "Our Center for K12 STEM Education and others throughout the NYU School of Engineering exemplify that mission by developing programs, curricula, and teacher training that reach into K-12 schools to prepare young students for STEM studies at the university level."
Sreenivasan continued: "Our experience in K-12 engineering programs proves how powerfully we can change students' lives, particularly by working with their teachers, who disperse their knowledge throughout their schools. We are gratified at the growth of these successful programs, and for the generous financial support of our partners who are helping propel the best initiatives to the forefront."
Said Chancellor Farina: "A high-quality education includes exposure to and critical thinking of science, technology, engineering, and math. NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering's summer programs will enrich learning opportunities by immersing students in authentic, hands-on learning activities in robotics, molecular design, wireless communications, and mechanical and civil engineering. While our students gain this critical knowledge, these programs provide opportunity for teachers to enhance their instructional skills and become stronger STEM educators, furthering the education of students across the City."
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The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering dates to 1854, when the NYU School of Civil Engineering and Architecture as well as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly) were founded. Their successor institutions merged in January 2014 to create a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to programs at its main campus in downtown Brooklyn, it is closely connected to engineering programs in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, and it operates business incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. For more information, visit http://engineering.nyu.edu.
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