Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES and IBM will be hosting a STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – Forum on Tuesday for school administrators, teachers and business leaders.
The goal is to create partnerships among schools, businesses, research centers, universities and others to promote careers in science and technology.
The forum will be from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at BOCES Yorktown campus. Speakers will include Sheila Appel, manager of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs for IBM; Margaret Ashida, director of the Empire State STEM Network; and Dr. Daniel McCann, superintendent of Hendrick Hudson Schools.
The goal of the forum is to support the creation of a STEM Hub, or center, for the Hudson Valley where teachers, administrators, business and industry leaders and policy makers can work together to redesign how children learn about science, technology, engineering and math to better prepare them for careers in the 21st century.
Here is a description from the organizers:
“By improving STEM education, the state hopes to strengthen the workforce and invigorate the regional economy. There are more than 60 biotech companies in the region and the Hudson Valley Research Park, which is home to IBM’s semiconductor fabrication plant. Once created, the STEM Hub would support the workforce needs of the region while also improving STEM education for all students.
“There re are many industries that need technical workers but students are not pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and math that would enable them to compete for those jobs. PNW BOCES Career and Technical Center offers many programs including those in engineering, introduction to engineering, environmental science and health care that help prepare students for college and careers in technical fields.”
The meeting is at Tech South theater. Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES, 200 BOCES Drive, Yorktown, N.Y. 10598 and there is no charge to attend.