January 24, 2018
Long Island City, NY – The NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) reached a milestone in 2017 as its STEAM educational program engaged its 2,000th City student in programming designed to foster interest in careers in science, technology, engineering, architecture/art and mathematics.
Since early 2015, DDC STEAM has reached 2,148 students through outreach efforts, enrichment programs and summer internships. In 2017, STEAM programs reached 548 middle school students, more than double the number reached during the previous year, and 247 high school students, almost triple, according to the 2017 Year End Report.
“I’m so proud to see the Department of Design and Construction engage more and more young New Yorkers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture and Mathematics programs,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “So far, more than 2,000 students have gotten to peek inside the City’s engineering agency — and see how they might help build a stronger, more just and resilient future New York City.”
“In support of Mayor de Blasio’s vision DDC is happy to play a role in getting more students interested in STEAM and pursuing careers in the built environment. Careers in architecture, engineering and construction are crucial as New York City prepares for 21st century climate threats by building a more resilient NYC. These careers pay well, remain in high demand and can offer young New Yorkers a clear pathway to success,” said DDC Acting Commissioner Ana Barrio.
DDC STEAM continually works with the NYC Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) to expand its outreach to public school students, and provides professional development training to NYC public school teachers and after-school educators so they can better present the STEAM curriculum. Last September, DDC STEAM conducted the first “Train the Trainer” workshop for DYCD and DOE staff from sites participating in DDC STEAM middle school enrichment programs so they could facilitate DDC’s Young Engineers Program.
“I thank DDC for its ongoing partnership in exposing our students to high-quality, hands-on STEAM learning opportunities,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “This work is making a difference for students across our City, including many who now see a clear path to studying STEAM subjects in higher education or pursuing a career in a STEAM field.”
“DYCD is proud to join our agency partners DDC and DOE to celebrate this incredible milestone of more than 2,100 young people who are on track to become our next generation of innovators. Whether through the Young Engineers Program or DYCD-funded COMPASS afterschool programs incorporating robotics and other STEAM curriculum into their programming, these hands-on opportunities help students gain career-building skills that prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow,” said DYCD Commissioner Bill Chong.
“We’re thrilled that in less than three years DDC has engaged more than 2,000 students in our STEAM programs. When we launched this division our goal was to provide New York City students with the tools they would need to pursue careers in the built environment and prepare them for a competitive job market. The hope is that because of this effort, we will see more underrepresented youth working as the engineers, architects and construction leaders of the future,” said Lee Llambelis, DDC Deputy Commissioner for Community Partnerships and STEAM Initiatives.