April 15, 2016
To support Mayor de Blasio’s Middle School After School intiative, the New York City Department of Design and Construction’s STEAM Initiatives collaborateswith the Department of Education (DOE) and Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) to facilitate science, technology, engineering, architecture/art and mathematics (STEAM) programing in after-school settings. Though this effort, DDC supports public schools by providing holistic educational enrichment opportunities while promoting confidence in math and science. DDC aims to ensure equal access to information, resources, and communication tools related to STEAM programs and careers.
On April 15th, 2016 DDC Deputy Commissioner for Community Partnerships and STEAM Initiatives Lee Llambelis, NYC Council Member Margaret Chin, DYCD Deputy Director Susan Haskell, Deputy Director Capacity Building Unit Candace Reyes-Dandrea, PS 126 Principal Jacqueline Getz, and Immigrant Social Services Program Director George Leung celebrated the completion of the Young Engineer’s Program at Public School 126 Jacob August Riis/Manhattan Academy of Technology.
“In support of Mayor de Blasio’s vision for quality education, we are proud of the ability of our STEAM initiative to present students with a knowledge base outside of what they might learn in the typical school day,” said Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Design and Construction. “There is tremendous opportunity to launch a career in the fields of engineering and architecture and it pleases me to be able to give this perspective to the students that participate in our program.”
DDC’s STEAM Initiatives implemented the Engineering is Elementary: Engineering an Urban Landscape curriculum which introduces students to the engineering and design process as they work together to create a solution to an environmental engineering challenge. The students worked in teams to engineer ways to reduce pollution runoff in a model city.