Mayor Byron W. Brown and Buffalo Schools Superintendent Pamela C Brown, joined by The University at Buffalo, SUNY College at Buffalo State, Erie Community College, Buffalo Business Leaders and Elected Leaders, The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) and the Buffalo Public Schools, announced highlights of The Buffalo Public School District Inaugural Science Week, scheduled to take place April 7-11, with a special observance of NANO Day, on April 10, 2014. The first annual city-wide Science underscores the critical importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields to future employment in Western New York’s emerging life sciences and advanced manufacturing industries.
“I’m happy to join in this celebration of the Buffalo Public Schools Inaugural Science Week,” said Mayor Brown. “Opportunities in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are growing in Buffalo and our city’s continued focus on STEM education is a natural fit that will ensure we continue to provide the workforce necessary for high tech employers to thrive. I recognize everyone involved in this year’s inaugural Science Week for their role in helping to strengthen the pipeline between the classroom and the workplace. A special thanks to SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin for organizing and chairing the program.”
“In the Buffalo Public Schools, we have heard the call from President Obama, who has said, “The development of world-class talent in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is critical to America’s global leadership”,” said Dr. Brown. “In offering our students a world-class education, we are excited and fortunate to have the partners we do, who are helping us to prepare our students for the more than one million careers over the next decade requiring STEM skills.”
All Buffalo Public School Students, Teachers and Parents will participate in this week-long event which will provide a variety of fun and hands-on math and science demonstrations, designed to highlight STEM fields as exciting opportunities for future learning and employment. While much of the week’s activities will be held in Buffalo Public Schools, designed to engage students and teachers, a special observance of NANO Day will be held on April 10, 2014.
“Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to grow the nanotechnology corridor across New York State, and is committed to providing today’s students with the tools necessary to succeed in it tomorrow,” said Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, President and CEO of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) in Albany. “Education is at the root of everything we do at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Science Week is a wonderful opportunity to showcase all of the exciting opportunities in nanotechnology for Buffalo’s future innovators. CNSE, along with our Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub and High-Tech Innovation Hub at RiverBend, look forward to our partnership with Buffalo Public Schools, and thank Mayor Brown, SUNY Board of Trustees member Mrs. Eunice Lewin and Dr. Pamela Brown, Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools, for their leadership.”
Other scheduled events include
Monday, April 7:
Science Week activities kick off 9 a.m., Monday, April 7, at the Native American Magnet School on West Delavan. Invited guests will get to see students in action in science classes that encourage active, inquiry-based learning. School #19 is one of 12 Buffalo Public Schools that are partnered in the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP).
Tuesday, April 8:
Teachers will choose from a wide selection of online STEM activities at individual schools.
Wednesday, April 9:
The public is invited to learn more about innovative programs sponsored by New York State and the State University of New York, including the SUNY Teacher and Leader Education Network (S-TEN) and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Master Teacher Program. In the morning, they will also get a demonstration of the TeachLive Lab at Buffalo State College’s Ketchum Hall, an initiative aimed at better preparing teachers in New York schools.
In the afternoon, BPS science teachers will gather at McKinley High School for interactive workshops offering the latest science education techniques. The sessions will cover low/no-cost student hands-on classroom activities for teaching grade school physics, chemistry, and astronomy/earth science concepts.
Thursday, April 10:
Nano Day features nanotechnology presentations and activities at Hohn Auditorium at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Nearly 450 ninth-graders from Buffalo Public Schools and local charter schools will interact with polymer worms, computer hard drives and hydrophobicity exploration at sessions presented by the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the State University of New York.
Friday, April 11:
Science Week Celebration Day will be held at Burgard High School. Scheduled activities include wind tunnel exercises and presentations from 9 to 10:40 a.m. Dr. Shirley Malcom, a nationally recognized expert known for her efforts to improve the quality, and increase student access to education and careers in STEM fields, with particular emphasis on helping women and girls, will be the featured speaker.