November 11, 2015
The New York City Department of Design and Construction presented the Young Engineers program showcase in collaboration with the Department of Education (DOE), the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and DYCD’s Learning through an Expanded Arts program (LeAp) in the South Bronx. Students who participated in the Young Engineers Program proudly displayed their work and described their accomplishments to parents, school staff and city officials.
The Young Engineers program supports Mayor de Blasio’s after school initiative for middle school students. DDC’s STEAM Initiatives implemented the Young Engineers program to encourage underrepresented youth to learn about the fields and professions related to Science, Technology, Architecture/Art and Mathematics (STEAM). In partnership with the DOE, DYCD and LeAp’s afterschool program operating at MS 22 Jordan Mott, students were introduced to “Engineering is Elementary: Engineering Insulated Homes, ” a curriculum written by the Museum of Science in Boston. Students participated in an environmental engineering challenge and engineering design processes to explore real-world solutions. They learned about the amount of energy used to heat and cool homes and why insulation is important. They also explored how insulation can be used to help moderate the interior temperature of model homes, based on the insulation used in real homes, both around the world and in their own neighborhoods.
The pilot program was launched in March of 2015 through the LeAp afterschool program at MS 22 Jordan L. Mott, a renewal school where 100% of students qualify for free lunch, 21% are special education students and 21% are English language learners. The Department for Youth and Community Development provided funding and identified schools with high needs for recruitment. DDC anticipates directly impacting 120 to 140 children through 2015.
“In support of Mayor de Blasio’s vision for a strong and just city, we are proud to collaborate with our sister agencies DOE and DYCD to provide educational opportunities to advance underrepresented youth in fields related to STEAM. The Young Engineers program is an example of our commitment to mentoring and preparing our young leaders for future career paths in math and science,” noted Dr. DDC Commissioner Peña-Mora.