On November 1, 2019, STEAM staff, Majestic Rivas-Nazario-Varo, Jenny Ng, and Aisha Doris attended a Makerspace Workshop at Cooper Union. The event previewed their curriculum, “Tech for Good,” a tool teachers use to introduce students to STEM related skills including: 3D drawing and printing, laser cutting and innovative project creation. The program aims to increase awareness and acumen of 21st century technology and procedures while providing critical exposure to the STEAM field and career options.
Practitioners from other STEM/STEAM themed organizations also participated in the event, sharing information about their work. The ability to share knowledge and experiences in an ever-growing and changing field is valuable.
“Dream Big is a film that follows extraordinary engineers who have devoted their lives to keeping society safe and solving tomorrows challenges. It is our hope that this film will inspire our young people to become future innovators and to understand that they have the power to change the world.” said Lee Llambelis, DDC Deputy Commissioner for Community Partnerships and STEAM Initiatives. “Engineering is at a crossroads during these challenging times. Engineers must respond to the changing needs of an increasingly globally-connected and diverse population to address the many challenges our society will face and ultimately to better the human condition.”
Associate Director of STEM Outreach, Elizabeth Waters gave an overview of the program. Its multi-faceted approach to training and implementation engages teachers, team leaders, and professional staff. She heralds the ease of use of the program; students possessing any level of STEM understanding are welcomed to participate. Other participants in this workshop include: The Giant Room and Marymount Catholic School.