STEM education refers to the interdisciplinary teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to build critical thinkers and problem solvers for the 21st century. For more information contact us.
Girls in STEM Event
Please join us on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm for a Day of Discovery, Knowledge & Inspiration! This FREE event is open to young girls in grades 4-8 and their parents. Learn from talented women about the exciting opportunities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and how they make a world of difference.
In early 2012 WMHT convened several conversations with a diverse group of community stakeholders to discuss how to support the region’s efforts to advance STEM education for all students, to help prepare them for college and career success. Educators, business leaders, parents and community organizations agreed that enhancing STEM education is essential to our region’s sustainability and growth.
We asked participants: What do you need?
'Parents, students, teachers and career counselors need access to trusted sources of real-world information about STEM career pathways and choices.”
High school students need more information to make career choices.
PreK – 12 teachers need access to current resources and ongoing professional development to effectively integrate STEM across the curriculum.
Appealing resources are needed to engage students, to speak to their desire to make the world a better place.
There are significant gaps in gender and diversity in STEM-related courses and consequently, diverse role models are limited in STEM-related careers.
Jobs often go unfilled as a result of an underprepared workforce, lacking STEM-related skills.
We asked: What can WMHT do to help?
Educate our community about the many assets in our region and beyond.
Share stories of opportunities, success and impact. There are good careers in this region for people who have the necessary skills. There are multiple pathways, not a single pipeline.
We need a place that houses information for families, students, teachers and the general public.
We need to build awareness about resources and opportunites.
Ballston Spa Central School District
The Ballston Spa Central School District offers and administers a regional Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School in collaboration with Hudson Valley Community College at TEC-SMART in NYSERDA’s Saratoga Technology + Energy Park® (STEP®). The program is available to all school districts across the Capital Region and provides students with knowledge and skill sets necessary to make informed college and career decisions as they relate directly to the clean technology field. A blended form of instruction that infuses direct instruction with authentic experiences and research provides students with foundational knowledge in the emerging technology fields. Students are dually enrolled in high school and college coursework with the potential of earning more than 22 college credits.
Center for Economic Growth
CEG’s Workforce Development & 21st-Century Education Initiative aims to build a modern high-tech workforce to sustain the Capital Region’s current industries and future job growth, and to align our education delivery system with the needs of businesses throughout the region.
CEG is involved in multiple STEM initiatives, including facilitating the Tech Valley STEMSmart Alliance, the regional hub of the Empire State STEM Learning Network.
Tech Valley STEM
Contact Alyson Slack | 518-465-8975
Center for Women in Government & Civil Society
Career videos of Vanguard Student Recognition Award winners, which recognizes outstanding secondary (juniors & seniors) and postsecondary level students who are enrolled in Career and Technical Education programs that are not traditional for their gender. Videos include: two women in HVAC; one woman in automotive and one woman in computer networking.
Contact Cara Long | 518-442-3888
Girls Inc. Operation SMART was launched in 1985 to dispel stereotypes about math and science and to invite girls ages 6 to 18 to join the fun of discovering the world around them. Through hands-on activities, girls explore, ask questions, and solve problems. They also consider careers in these fields by interacting with women and men pursuing such careers. A new exciting component called Eureka! launched the summer of 2012.
Girls Inc. Operation SMART
Video: Innovation Trail Report on Closing the Gender Gap in STEM Education
Video: Girls Inc. Eureka Program
Photos: Girls Inc. Eureka Program
Contact Addy Haberbush | 518-374-9800
Museum of Innovation and Science
miSci allows kids to explore STEM with an inquiry-based, hands-on approach through classroom programs, demonstrations, planetarium shows, and professional development opportunities for STEM Education professionals. Programs offered for pre-K through grade 12; classroom programs and demonstrations offered at miSci and as outreaches.
Tech Valley High School
Tech Valley High School is a laboratory for innovative STEM curriculum where students learn through academically rich, project-based curriculum and develop such skills such as communication, collaboration and critical thinking that prepare them for college and career in a high tech and global economy. The school is a demonstration site and training center for educators across New York State.
Tours and Training Programs
University at Albany, State University on New York
UAlbany offers strong undergraduate majors and minors in all the STEM fields as well as grant-funded academic support service programs including a Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP) that serves minority middle and high school students in Albany; a Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) that serves underrepresented undergraduate students enrolled in STEM majors and the licensed professions; and a federally-funded program for all undergraduate science and mathematics majors delivered through the Center for Achievement, Retention, and Student Success. Science clubs, pre-professional interest groups, and A Women in Technology Program also work to promote educational opportunities and careers in STEM subjects.
Contact William B. Hedberg, Ph.D. | 518-956-8037
UAlbany has a variety of STEM departments and programs. Each homepage link provided below provides a gateway to documents/publications, video clips, interactive activities, and announcements of upcoming events.
College of Arts and Sciences
• Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
• Biological Sciences
• Mathematics and Statistics
School of Public Health
• Biomedical Sciences
• Environmental Health Sciences
• Epidemiology & Biostatistics
College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
• Undergraduate Programs
Student Success and Career Readiness
• Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP)
• Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
• Center for Achievement, Retention and Student Success
• From College to Career: How Did She Do It?
• Pathway to Career Success
High-energy, high-drama reality TV that lets kids show off their smarts as they design and build working solutions for real-world clients—people who are hungry for clever ideas from a new generation of innovators. Engineering activities for grades 5-8.
Part game show, part reality TV, and part spoof, FETCH! features real kids, real challenges, real science, and an unreal host named Ruff Ruffman (yes, he's an animated dog!)
Get the Math
A media project designed to help middle and high school students develop algebraic thinking skills for solving real world problems.
Math By Design
Encourages students to problem solve and think critically as they encounter unique geometry and measurement challenges.
Showcases bright, curious real girls putting science, technology, engineering and math to work for ages 8-14.
Sid the Science Kid
Designed to further develop children's natural wonder and build a strong foundation for early science exploration.
STEM + Art = STEAM
STEAM is a movement being championed by the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and adopted all over.
Real life math. Make the math connection with four interactive online learning adventures for middle school classrooms. .
Women and STEM education at UAlbany Nanocollege with Girls Inc.
Marie Cusick, WMHT Innovation Trail reporter, spotlights Women and STEM education at UAlbany Nanocollege with Girls Inc.