Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 9:30am
Dobbs Ferry Campus
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Tomorrow’s engineers, astronauts, mathematicians, scientists and explorers take note - Mercy College is proud to announce the launch of the Mercy College Center for STEM Education.  The new academic Center will pull together many research and service projects and provide a hub for new activities, which will also engage Mercy faculty members.

 

The mission of the Center is to create opportunities for students, from typically underrepresented groups, to learn about STEM and to engage in enrichment activities for learning, career readiness, enjoyment, and personal and community growth.

 

Ribbon Cutting

Saturday, November 19

Noon

Main Hall, Lecture Hall

Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry

 

Center Co-Director Dr. Meghan E. Marrero said: “If young people are going to advance in STEM – we need opportunities to channel their talents and interests. The Center for STEM Education provides programming to challenge and encourage K-12 students to see the fun side of the STEM fields, and also to engage their families and teachers in doing the same.”

 

Center Co-Director Dr. Amanda M. Gunning said: “The Center for STEM Education’s mission is to promote opportunities for all students interested in the STEM fields.  With such a diverse student body, it is important for Mercy College to be a leader in STEM education in this region.” 

 

Before the ribbon cutting, the Mercy College Saturday STEM Academy will be running their final Saturday class. On Saturday mornings over the last month, the newly established Center has hosted nearly 50 middle and high school students from the Yonkers, Tarrytown, Ossining, North Rockland, Ardsley and Hendrick Hudson School Districts. These students have engaged in robotics, programming and 3-D printing, mathematics enrichment, and bridge engineering classes. The Saturday STEM Academy is designed to reach out to secondary students in the local area who are interested in furthering their knowledge and engagement in STEM subjects.  

 

Saturday STEM Academy Coordinator Peter C. Hillman said: “We feel it is critical for the Mercy College STEM Academy to provide these students with confidence and excitement about STEM.  By providing this outreach to local school districts and communities, we aim to help students transform their lives through involvement in STEM and a better understanding of higher education and career opportunities in the STEM fields.”