June 2, 2016
The New York City Department of Design and Construction’s (DDC) STEAM Initiatives collaborates with 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. Through this effort, DDC supports public schools in providing holistic educational enrichment opportunities while promoting confidence in math and science, ensuring equal access to information, resources and communication tools related to STEAM programs and careers.
On June 2nd, 2016 DDC Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora, Deputy Commissioner for Community Partnerships and STEAM Initiatives Lee Llambelis, DYCD Deputy Director Capacity Building Unit Candace Reyes-Dandrea, I.S. 49 Principal James De Francesco, and Beacon Center Program Director Ingrid Ebanks celebrated the completion of the Young Engineer’s Program at I.S. 49 Berta A. Dreyfus.
Commissioner Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora stated, “By exposing students at this age to sustainable engineering concepts, we give them a head start and help introduce them to an expanding industry that is addressing some of the world’s most critical issues, such as global climate change. There is tremendous opportunity to ignite a passion in children that can serve to launch a career in the fields of engineering and architecture.”
DDC’s STEAM Initiatives implemented the “Engineering is Elementary: Engineering an Urban Landscape” curriculum which introduces students to the engineering and the design process as they work together to create a solution to an environmental engineering challenge.