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STEM Summer Institute gets to the roots of education

STEM Summer Institute gets to the roots of education

A celebrated slate of speakers is coming to Alfred State for the 2017 New York State STEM Summer Institute. From July 30 through Aug. 1, educators from kindergarten classes through higher education will hone their skills at inspiring future technicians, engineers, scientists, and mathematicians.

As one of the founding partners of the NYS STEM Education Collaborative, Alfred State’s Dr. Craig Clark, vice president for Economic Development, is involved in the planning of the three-day conference. He noted that educating students for 21st century STEM-related careers is a primary focus for the college.

“Alfred State looks forward to hosting the 2017 STEM Summer Institute that aligns with our programs and connections with high schools in the region,” said Clark. “The opportunity to share best practices throughout the region will continue to improve STEM education that is critical to the region’s economic development.”

Educators are coming together to learn new techniques for engaging students of all ages. Presentations and workshops will share ideas on how to spark interest in the STEM curriculum through classroom projects, afterschool activities, and even with gaming. A few of the prestigious guest speakers are:

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who chairs 10 Regional Economic Development Councils that have transformed the state’s economy by building upon regional strengths through long-term strategic plans. The councils include leaders from academia, business, labor and not-for-profits and, to date, have invested $4 billion into more than 4,100 projects across the state. The lieutenant governor also chairs the State Workforce Investment Board, which addresses the No. 1 concern of businesses: the lack of skilled workers.

Bill Daggett, Ed.D., the founder and chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education, who is recognized worldwide for his proven ability to move pre-K–12 education systems toward more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. For 25 years, he has crisscrossed the nation, as well as the industrialized world, to lead school reform efforts to effectively prepare students for their future.

Deb Newberry, who is the director/instructor of the Nanoscience Technician program at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, MN. She created the 72-credit nanoscience technician program in 2003 and began the program with National Science Foundation funding. Newberry also serves as the director and principle investigator of the Center for Nanotechnology Education, better known as Nano-Link, which has been funded by more than $9 million from the National Science Foundation.

Registration for the NYS STEM Summer Institute and housing reservations can be secured at www.NYSstemeducation.org.