Diversity in science matters to breakthroughs. When more scientists with varied backgrounds and experiences fill laboratories and collaborate on teams, outcomes in innovation and discovery surpass those of less diverse scientific groups, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)….
2012 STEM Summer Institute invites teachers, professionals and students July 8-11
Registration is now open for the NYS STEM Education Collaborative’s second biennial Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Institute, to be held July 8-11 at Syracuse University. This year’s theme is “STEM: The Future is Now—Increasing Student Achievement Through Integration.” The event is being presented in collaboration with SU’s L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science and is open to teachers, other professionals, students and community leaders interested in STEM.
The institute will provide professional development in the interdisciplinary teaching and learning of STEM from the elementary level through higher education in a program that includes more than 75 workshops, a plenary panel of state and national leaders in the field, and keynote speaker Bharat Soni, chair and professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition, participants will tour state of the art interdisciplinary facilities at the Syracuse Center of Excellence and Syracuse University’s L.C. Smith Biomaterials Lab and the Civil Engineering Testing Lab.
STEM is an economic driver in New York state, with STEM jobs projected to grow 10 percent by 2018. More than 93 percent of these jobs will require post-secondary education and training. STEM competencies are also increasingly needed in a broader set of occupations. Educating students in STEM skills is crucial to the needs of the 21st century workforce and for success in school, work and life.
This is the only statewide conference organized by the professional associations representing the STEM disciplines that have formed the NYS STEM Education Collaborative: the Science Teachers Association of NYS, NYS Technology and Engineering Educators Association, NYS Society of Professional Engineers and the Association of Mathematics Teachers of NYS. Conference planning is also being supported by the Empire State STEM Learning Network at the State University of New York and SECME. Originally established as the Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering, SECME is a national organization dedicated to increasing the pool of historically underrepresented and underserved students who will be prepared to enter and complete post-secondary studies in STEM, thus creating a diverse and globally competitive workforce.
Participants may register for a specific conference day or the entire conference, and the fees include meals. For a conference program and registration form, visit: http://www.nysstemeducation.org/2012Institute.html.