STEM is everywhere; it shapes our everyday experiences. Because STEM is so important for our children, our region, and our country, we need to encourage the students currently in our education system, as well as future generations of students, to understand and embrace the technology that affects them every day of their lives.
Teachers in the STEM Workplace Program
STEM is a key economic driver in New York’s technologically diverse landscape and STEM careers are growing faster than non-STEM careers.
STEM literacies and related critical thinking and trans-disciplinary problem-solving skills are also important in many other sectors. Yet, despite evidence that earnings for people in New York State (NYS) working in STEM careers average more than the average for all workers in the state, the STEM pipeline is still leaking.
There is evidence that a major part of the problem lies in the fact that students do not have the information necessary to make good college and career decisions, nor do they make the connection between STEM in school and work. This issue is amplified when a teacher does not have the context of the STEM workplace to create learning opportunities.
Teachers in the STEM Workplace is a Professional Development program of the CNY STEM Hub/PEB that increases employers’ capacity to strengthen the manufacturing sector and high‑tech companies. This is accomplished by focusing on delivering career exploration and workforce development services that positively impact teachers and, ultimately, the emerging workforce.
Companies that have hosted teachers include: SRC, Inc., Seneca Data, C&S Companies, Albany International, CDM, Arcadis, Raymond Corporation, National Grid, TERACAI, and King & King Architects.
The Teacher in the STEM Workplace initiative will contribute to a systemic, open collaborative model that we expect will become a valuable demonstration node in NYS.
Margaret Ashida STEM Leadership Service Award
To honor the memory of Margaret Ashida, the New York State STEM Education Collaborative honors STEM Leaders in pre-k—5 education; 6—12 education; higher education; and the STEM workforce each year with the “Margaret Ashida STEM Leadership Award.”