NYSSPE Executive Director, Anthony Fasano, PE, will present a TEDx talk on the importance of the promoting engineering to our youth on March 8th, 2016 at Bergen Community College. His presentation will focus on inspiring the next generation of engineers. In this inspirational talk, Fasano will dispel all myths about engineering being a nerdy or boring profession. He will challenge the audience to start to spread the idea that engineers will save the world and inspire them to excite more of our youth about this innovative profession that may just save our planet. [Read more…]
A Tribute to Margaret Ashida – A Leader in the NYS STEM Education Collaborative
The New York State STEM community recently lost a beloved member of their coalition in Margaret Ashida. Ashida had a passion for promoting STEM in whatever ways she could. The following tribute was taken from the NYS STEM Education Collaborative’s website and was used with their permission.
Margaret Ashida was the Executive Director of the STEMx™ multi-state network committed to transforming science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education through local innovation and state leadership for national impact. STEMx is operated by BattelleEd, a venture of Battelle – the world’s largest independent research and development organization. [Read more…]
Why Students Don’t Want to Pursue Engineering
Schools across the country are improving their STEM education programs, but that doesn’t mean more students are interested in entering into a STEM related field. Eighth grader Maura Charette of Virginia is well aware of the fun, interesting, well-paying careers waiting for students who show good performance in math and science, however she isn’t quite convinced a STEM career is the right choice. She feels that engineering is overemphasized and misrepresented. A career in engineering is explained with a team project such as “building bridges out of drinking straws and marshmallows or telling a toy robot to turn left and right”. She states that careers in science, technology and math come off as existing only to support the engineering profession. [Read more…]