Top 4 recommendations from the working group on Advancing Women in STEM:
1Require “STEM” Studies. Set a common K-12 curriculum of science, technology, engineering and math. Expose girls to female role models.
2Recruit, Retain and Advance Women. Find at least one female candidate for every technical job. Reward the C-suite for retaining and promoting women.
3Sell Sizzle and Meaning. Develop a national marketing campaign to promote STEM, positioning scientists as game changers who are making a difference.
4Engage the Community. Work with youth groups to interest young girls in STEM. Promote STEM activities in after-school programs.
Working group co-chair (and NYSCI CEO) Margaret Honey said, “Improving U.S. science and math education is critical to keep U.S. teens from falling further behind their global counterparts in math and science scores. Teacher training should be improved, and instruction should include more hands-on projects that interest girls.”
The group was part of a task force on Women in the Economy convened last week by the Wall Street Journal.
New Yorkers are accustomed to tourists. Approximately 50 million of them visit our city each year to soak up the culture, take in a Broadway show, and gobble down untold numbers of pizza slices. But this summer, the city will welcome a very special group of youngsters from Kenya. The school kids will visit NYSCI, participate in science lessons, and get a glimpse of life in New York City – all without ever leaving Africa.
The students will visit as part of a distance-learning program that will use videoconferencing technologies to virtually connect the Sereolipi Primary School in Kenya with our instructors at NYSCI. This pilot program, called The Mizizi Project, is a part of a partnership with the nonprofit organization e2 education & environment, which seeks to unite students and teachers in different parts of the world through a single collaborative virtual learning experience.
Over a series of sessions this summer, the students in Kenya will work on topics such as microbiology, biomimicry and environmental science. The result will be a “global classroom” where New Yorkers and Kenyans work together on a shared science curriculum.
Now if only we could get the other 50 million tourists to stop buying up all the Book of Mormon tickets …
Making parenting in your local community easier, The Mamas Network in New York whose blogs have served parents in all five boros presents the 2nd annual Mamas Expo at NYSCI this Saturday, May 5! Get the best mama’s tips in town. Bring the whole family for a day of mama’s goodies from tons of vendors, advice and activities including a Puppetmobile puppet marionette performance, cookies by Cookie Fairy Sweets, planting by Queens Botanical Garden, and parenting workshops.
If you buy advance tickets through NYSCI, you also get access to all the NYSCI goodies including Rocket Park Mini Golf, Science Playground and of course full access to our hit exhibition Animation!