December 15, 2015
In an effort to address the Mayor de Blasio's Middle School After School Initiative, DDC’s STEAM Initiatives has been working closely with the Department of Education (DOE) and the Department for Youth and Community Development (DYCD) to facilitate STEAM-related curricula in after school programs. This effort supports New York City's public schools in providing a holistic educational approach, while promoting confidence in math and science and ensuring equal access to information, resources and communication tools related to STEAM programs and careers.
On December 15th, 2015, DDC Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora, DDC Deputy Commissioner of Community Partnerships and STEAM Initiatives Lee Llambelis, City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, I.S. 127 Principal Evita Sanabria, and the Arts and Literacy Program Director Rob Savage celebrated the completion of the Young Engineers Program at I.S. 127 Aerospace Science Academy. DDC’s STEAM team implemented the Engineering is Elementary: Engineering Insulated Homes curriculum unit, which introduces students to engineering and the design process as they work together to facilitate a solution to a green challenge. Students showcased how they worked with their teammates to create and maintain ideal temperatures using different types of insulation. Students presented their findings and models to approximately 70 parents, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students, school staff, and city officials.
“This semester was a huge success for the STEAM Young Engineers program,” DDC Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora. “We look forward to educating additional students next year and delivering messages of positivity and opportunity regarding the fields of science, technology, education, architecture and math.”