Science • Technology • Engineering • Mathematics
In the years ahead, many of the fastest growing industries across the state and the nation demand a workforce that is capable in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in addition to the arts and humanities. Over 90% of the 8 million STEM jobs projected through 2018 will require at least some college with a range from a professional certification, to Associate’s Degrees, to Bachelor’s Degrees and beyond. The nation also needs 100,000 more STEM teachers over the next ten years.
Data on the STEM pipeline is daunting. According to the 2012 STEM Vital Signs released by Change the Equation, no state is on track to getting all students the STEM skills they need to succeed in college and careers. Low-income and minority students lag furthest behind.
SUNY plays a powerful role in reversing these trends.
Empire State STEM Learning Network
Empire STEM is a statewide, community-led collaborative. The Network’s mission is to advance STEM education to prepare all students for success in school, work and life to fuel innovation and economic vitality in the Empire State.
“STEM education” refers to the interdisciplinary teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, to a level of rigor sufficient to produce critical thinkers and problem solvers across all fields of endeavor who can thrive in the 21st century economy
The Network’s vision provides a roadmap for communities to accelerate the way they learn and compete by leveraging assets, expertise and partnerships:
The Network’s design principles represent common beliefs held by stakeholders across the state:
For more information on regional hubs, state and national resources, and news and events, click on this map.
STEM Afterschool Mentoring Program
SUNY's Office of the Education Pipeline is partnering with the New York Academy of Sciences (the Academy)and SUNY Empire State College to scale a successful after-school program in Brooklyn in which graduate students and postdoctoral fellows mentor middle school students from high-need school districts in STEM. Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, SUNY and the Academy will introduce the program in urban and rural communities throughout New York State over the next three years.
Initially, the STEM Afterschool Mentoring Program Statewide Scale-Up Project will be implemented by SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, the University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in the Capital District, and SUNYIT in Utica and Rome. The campuses were selected for their geographical diversity, STEM-focused degree programs, and existing partnerships with community-based organizations. Three additional campuses will be selected to participate in the project through an RFP process in 2013-2014.
The project will create a foundation and model from which additional pilot sites can be fostered nationally and will be carried out in three stages:
For the full press release, click here. To learn more about the STEM Mentoring program from students themselves, click on the video below from the Academy’s Science Education web site.