I am proud to announce that ESF will be part of a new SUNY-led initiative to train graduate students who will mentor middle school students in STEM.
The Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) recently announced that “AEOP, in collaboration with Battelle, has awarded grants to eight organizations and technical associations to expand student participation in enriching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) exploration and learning, particularly for underserved students. AEOP offers students and teachers Army-sponsored programs that effectively engage, inspire, and attract the next generation of STEM talent.”
SUNY is planning to scale-up the highly successful AEOP eCYBERMISSION initiative in which teams of middle school students explore how STEM thinking and approaches can solve a challenge in their community. This competitive program culminates in virtual science fairs and recognition at the state, regional, and national level. Selected SUNY colleges and universities, in collaboration with the New York Academy of Sciences, will use the infrastructure established through a previous similar project to train SUNY graduate students in STEM programs who will then mentor middle school teams in three New York regions: New York City, Syracuse, and Utica.
This new effort extends a strong culture established at ESF that includes, among other endeavors, two National Science Foundation G-12 grants (Graduates in K-12 Education), the ESF Science Corps, the ESF SCIENCE summer program and, most recently, the NSF-funded SUNY/New York Academy of Sciences STEM Mentor Program: Service Research in Urban Schools. Each of these programs are examples of a deep commitment to have ESF’s research and academic expertise complement K-12 teacher STEM professional development, and enrich K-12 student academic and career engagement in STEM.
I look forward to working with our SUNY, Academy and other collaborators and to sharing more about this important and exciting initiative this fall.
Chuck Spuches, ESF Outreach