STEM Diversity Summit Gets an A

Stimson students proudly wait for the judges to give them their critique.
Stimson students proudly wait for the judges to give them their critique.
Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacqueline Harris moderates a panel that focused on “STEM/STEAM Education and Careers in Action”
Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacqueline Harris moderates a panel that focused on “STEM/STEAM Education and Careers in Action”
Walt Whitman Robotics teams from the VEX ad FIRST teams demonstrate their award winning robots.
Walt Whitman Robotics teams from the VEX ad FIRST teams demonstrate their award winning robots.
Earlier in the day Whitman students gave 2 presentations for the judges, Medical Marvels and Reconstruction and Resilience Challenge. Here they are patiently waiting their turn at the lunch buffet.
Earlier in the day Whitman students gave 2 presentations for the judges, Medical Marvels and Reconstruction and Resilience Challenge. Here they are patiently waiting their turn at the lunch buffet.
The Silas Wood team gather for a group photo.
The Silas Wood team gather for a group photo.
Congratulations to Ryan Wittleder who took home a Silver medal for his submission;  “The Science of Solar Power.”
Congratulations to Ryan Wittleder who took home a Silver medal for his submission; “The Science of Solar Power.”

Now in its fourth year, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Diversity Summit at Farmingdale State College included the “Arts” to form STEAM. Each year this summit presents an opportunity for educators and industry leaders to engage in collaborative, cross-sector work. New York’s current and future economic health depends greatly on the vibrancy of our STEM/STEAM fields.

At this year’s STEM Diversity Summit, students from various Long Island schools had the opportunity to show off their STEM talent as they presented their projects to judges and competed for honors. The students were able to partake in panel presentations and discussions with leaders in many fields as they learned about what makes STEM education vital for their success as they consider life beyond high school.

“Integrating the Arts with STEM is essential in transforming the economy of the 21st Century,” said Farmingdale’s Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Assistant to the President, Dr. Veronica Henry. “As we develop strategies for promoting STEM/STEAM education, it is important to fully engage educators and businesses to create programs that motivate and excite students.” 

Students from Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center, Stimson Middle School, and Walt Whitman High School enjoyed an event-filled day.  Mr. David Perkins, LCSW, Coordinator of Student Services in South Huntington, was one of the summit's co-chairs. Dr. Jared Bloom, South Huntington’s Supervisor for Assessment, Technology, Instruction and Curriculum, was one of the event judges, and Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacqueline Harris was a moderator for a panel that focused on “STEM/STEAM Education and Careers in Action”

It was a busy and very competitive morning with students being awarded prizes for the quality of their presentations.  After a hearty lunch, the final awards were presented, and we are proud to announce that South Huntington sixth-grader Ryan Wittleder took home a Silver medal for his submission,  “The Science of Solar Power.”

Congratulations to all of our South Huntington students, and to their dedicated teachers and parents who inspire their success every day. 

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