Three Schools Honored with Innovation Awards in Statewide Competition Presented by Suny College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering & New York State School Boards Association
ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 26 -- The New York State School Boards Association issued the following news release:
Supporting Governor Andrew Cuomo's educational blueprint to prepare students for career opportunities in the state's fastest-growing industries such as nanotechnology, three New York school districts have earned top honors for their innovative science, technology, engineering and math-related (STEM) programs in the second annual "Be the Change for Kids" Innovation Awards, presented today by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE).
"As Governor Andrew Cuomo champions New York's rapid rise as the global leader in nanotechnology education, innovation, and economic growth, it is critical that the state develop a well-educated, highly skilled workforce and ensure that students are prepared to take advantage of these exciting career opportunities," said CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros. "We are delighted to partner with the New York State School Boards Association to recognize this year's honorees, and we congratulate these forward-thinking schools for their vision and commitment to their students, truly our most valuable resource."
"The winning school districts - and indeed all of the entries in the competition - illustrate the exciting technology-centered learning programs taking place in schools across New York State. No doubt about it: These schools are pushing the education envelope, and the students are reaping the rewards," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. "Many of the students in these programs are learning new skills in technology that will prepare them to take on jobs that don't even exist yet. It is truly a pleasure to join with the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering to honor their achievements."
More than 30 schools across New York State submitted entries for the award. Winning programs were chosen based on their ability to promote student curiosity, creativity, critical thinking and civic responsibility; prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math; and for their ability to be transferred to other school districts. Judging was conducted by faculty and staff members at CNSE.
The winning districts are:
* The Broadalbin-Perth Central School District in Fulton County for its "8th Grade Introduction to STEM" program. Students explore a variety of topics, including robotics, forensics, alternative energy and nanotechnology through hands-on, project-based learning.
* The East Syracuse Minoa Central School District in Onondaga County for its "Steam Team-Leading the Way for STEM Education" program, which emphasizes problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. This innovative, flexible middle school model teaches 21st century skills through partnerships with business and education.