* The Warwick Valley Central School District in Orange County for its "Partners in Education" program, which involves elementary students, teachers and parents working cooperatively in multi-age classrooms. The program incorporates project-based learning, student-to-student mentoring, individualized learning and intensive parent involvement.
* Each of the winning districts will receive $5,000, funded by CNSE, with a formal awards ceremony to be held on Friday, October 25 at NYSSBA's Annual Convention in Rochester. In addition to the monetary award, students and staff from the winning programs will participate in tours and activities at CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex.
"The students, faculty and administrators in each of the winning schools should be proud of their achievements," said NYSSBA First Vice President Lynne Lenhardt, who serves on the boards of education for the Bethlehem Central School District, Capital Region BOCES and Tech Valley High School. "All of the schools participating in this competition illustrate how New York schools are meeting the challenge of educating students in the 21st Century."
The "Be the Change for Kids" Innovation Awards were created by CNSE and NYSSBA to recognize innovative local school programs that help students gain important 21st Century learning and career skills in emerging fields such as nanotechnology.
About CNSE. The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) is the first college in the world dedicated to education, research, development, and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. With more than $17 billion in high-tech investments, CNSE represents the world's most advanced university-driven research enterprise, offering students a one-of-a-kind academic experience and providing over 300 corporate partners with access to an unmatched ecosystem for leading-edge R&D and commercialization of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology innovations. CNSE's footprint spans upstate New York, including its Albany NanoTech Complex, a 1.3 million-square-foot megaplex with the only fully-integrated, 300mm and 450mm wafer computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration lines within 135,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 3,100 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty work here, from companies including IBM, Intel, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Samsung, TSMC, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, and Lam Research. CNSE's latest expansion, which includes NanoFab Xtension (NFX), headquarters for the world's first Global
450mm Consortium (G450C), and the Zero Energy Nanotechnology (ZEN) building, a living laboratory for green energy technologies, will add more than 1,000 scientists, researchers, and engineers from CNSE and global corporations. CNSE Kiernan Plaza in downtown Albany is home to CNSE's Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI). CNSE's Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, which provides a prototyping and demonstration line for next-generation CIGS thin-film solar cells, and the CNSE Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility (CNSE MDF) in Rochester, the solar industry's first full-service collaborative facility dedicated to crystalline silicon, support CNSE's leadership of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC). CNSE's Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Rochester offers state-of-the-art capabilities for MEMS fabrication and packaging. CNSE also co-founded and manages operations at the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (QUAD-C) at SUNYIT and is lead developer of the Marcy Nanocenter site in Utica, and is partnering with AMRI and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to develop the Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub in Buffalo. For information, visit www.sunycnse.com.
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