STEM Career Preparation For Children Prioritized By Niagara University

In Announcements, by , on August 8th, 2016

When the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., was invested as Niagara University’s 26th president, he stated in his inaugural address that the Catholic and Vincentian institution would become an even greater regional partner by forging a “distinctive role in STEM education, computer science, logistics and other fields that support the advancement of industry in our region.”

For the past decade, Niagara University’s College of Education has sought to provide access to quality science, technology, engineering and math education for children – especially girls and low-income youths, who studies show traditionally enter the STEM fields at the lowest rates. NU also, over the last 10 years, has presented STEM training for teachers and degree candidates, cementing its status as a leader in the field.

This summer, the college’s Institute of Applied Learning upped the ante even further, offering three separate summer camps intended to engage young people in the practical application of STEM. The campers participated in activities related to engineering, coding, robotics and computer-aided design and drafting, among other applications.

The weeklong camps, sponsored by National Grid, were open to children ages 5-7, children in grades 3-8, and a Young Women’s Camp for girls in grades 6-9.

A total of 162 children participated.

Click here to read more and view photos from this year’s camps.