STEM Outreach Programs

STEM at Summit Park Elementary School

STEM is a math and reading coaching program where volunteer coaches in both subjects work one or more days per week with individuals or pairs of students to promote academic success.  The program utilizes special low-key strategies to promote the success of students, especially girls, to enable them to successfully choose careers in the fields of Science, Technology Engineering and Math.  Coaches come from AAUW, RSVP, Rockland Retired Teachers’ Center, friends of coaches and other organizations with similar goals.  The primary qualification is that coaches love reading and/or math and that they are willing to share that love. The program works collaboratively with the East Ramapo School District to provide a solid foundation.  The program now involves 50 coaches supporting grades 1 through 3 in reading and math.  Service days have been expanded to five days per week.  The program joins with the Family Resource Facilitator and math and reading staff developers to support Family Math Night and Family Reading Night structured to help parents learn how to help their children in fun ways, especially during vacation periods.  Six clubs have been added during the recess period for third graders:  Arts & Crafts, a book club, chess club, LEGO building, science club, and a computer coding club.  For the past 8 years, Summit Park ES has performed in the top 2 places in both reading and math among the primary schools.

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9th Annual AAUW- Rockland Secondary School Engineering Conference

STEM Sub-Committee for Engineering, AAUW Rockland Chapter

Members: Deborah Barnes, April Biggs, Doria Hillsman, Charlotte Sorger, Denise Valentine

The Conference was held on November 7th at the King’s Daughters Library in Garnerville. The event hosted over 120 people, including students from 10 of the county’s high schools, teachers and guidance counselors and engineers who served as panel guests. County Legislator, Toney
Earl honored the panelists with commendations for their service to the youth of our community and NYS Society of Professional Engineers President, Tom Broderick was on hand to discuss engineering scholarship opportunities and the upcoming Engineering Expo. Our own April Biggs, gave a presentation on the basic types of engineers and the important role that engineering plays in our everyday lives. Keynote speaker, Alixandria Lane from Turner
Construction Corporation gave a very interesting account of her work as lead engineer in the excavation phase of the 3 billion-dollar Hudson Yards Project and her work on the Penn Station renovation for which she won an award for design. Students had a delicious catered lunch, participated in an interactive contest, (Tappan Zee High School won the first place trophy) and left with packets of information on engineering schools, scholarships, jobs and salaries. A diverse panel consisted of engineers from Brooker Engineering, McLaren Engineering,
Turner Construction Corporation and Lilker Engineering Associates and provided a very rich and informative dialogue about their respective and collective experiences and backgrounds.