November 18, 2015
In an effort to address Mayor Bill de Blasio’s after school initiative, the Department of Design and Construction’s STEAM Initiatives is collaborating with the Department of Education (DOE) and Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) to facilitate science, technology, engineering, architecture/arts, and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum in after school programs. DDC is supports public schools in providing a holistic educational approach, while promoting confidence in math and science courses and ensuring equal access to information, resources and communication tools related to STEAM programs/careers.
On November 18th, 2015, DDC Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora, DDC Deputy Commissioner of Community Partnerships and STEAM Initiatives Lee Llambelis, DYCD Commissioner Bill Chong, DOE Chancellor Carmen Fariña, City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, M.S. 352 Principal Margie Baker, and Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation Program Director Keron Watson celebrated the completion of the Young Engineers Program at Middle School 352 Ebbets Field Middle School. DDC’s STEAM Initiatives implemented the Engineering is Elementary: Engineering Insulated Homes curriculum unit to the 6th grade student class at M.S. 352, which introduces students to engineering and the design process as they work together to create a solution to a green engineering challenge. The students showcased how they worked with their teammates to engineer ways to maintain ideal temperatures and reduce energy movement inside their model homes through proper use of insulation. Students spoke to approximately 75 parents, 7th and 8th grade students, school staff, and city officials.
“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. Feniosky Peña-Mora, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Design and Construction.