WNY STEM Honors STEM Advocates:
Schools Lauded for Their STEM Commitment
The WNY STEM Hub held its second annual “Celebration of STEM” event Thursday evening on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus by paying tribute to key individuals and school districts.
Cited for their efforts in advocating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) studies in regional schools were:
Retired NYS Regents Chancellor Emeritus Robert Bennett;
SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin; and
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.
Dr. Gene Morse, Associate Director of the Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences was also cited for his support as Hub Steward and sponsor for this event.
Michelle Kavanaugh, Ed.D., President of the WNY STEM Hub remarked, “A movement such as STEM/STEAM, is so closely related to sustaining economic resurgence in the region. The voices of champions, who are leaders in the community, will magnify the movement and assure there is momentum moving forward. We are fortunate to have vocal leaders in Western New York who carry the banner for STEM/STEAM learning.”
Dr. Kavanaugh also announced 15 more Emerging STEM School Systems that will join the inaugural cohort of 29 systems that were recognized in 2014. Emerging STEM School Systems have begun to make substantiated efforts in advancing STEM/STEAM learning. The program for new and emerging school systems is co-sponsored with Siemens. Cited were central schools districts for: Alden, Alleghany-Limestone Chautauqua Lake, Cleveland Hill Union Free School District, Eden, Forestville, Franklinville, Frontier, Genesee Valley, Gowanda, Grand Island, Olean City, Salamanca City, West Valley and the Charter School for Applied Technologies.
Additionally, nine individual schools received trophies for their progress in STEM/STEAM. “On the Move” designation went to: Alleghany-Limestone High School, Gowanda High School, Harry Abate Elementary School (Niagara Falls), Lancaster High Schools, Math-Science-Technology Preparatory School (Buffalo), Mt. Mercy Academy, Niagara Falls High School, Park School and Pioneer High School. Distinguished Mention Certificates were awarded to: Canisius High School, Gaskill Preparatory School, Tapestry Charter School and Nichols School. Honorable Mention Certificates went to Nardin Academy and Olean High School.
The WNY STEM Hub is a volunteer-driven incorporated nonprofit organization with more than 400 individual members representing nearly 200 organizations in Western New York. It is affiliated with the national STEM network and the Empire State STEM Learning Network. Its aim is to create awareness and partnerships that serve learners of all ages in accessing STEM/STEAM learning and careers. Further information can be found at: wnystem.org.