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STEM Education

Some Alarming Statistics

  • Only 44% of 2013 U.S. high school graduates are ready for college-level math.
  • Only 36% of 2013 U.S. high school graduates are ready for college-level science.
  • The U.S. may be short as many as 3 million high-skilled workers by 2018.*

* Per NMSI – National Math + Science Initiative

Our Response

Research shows that kids who regularly engage in hands-on science with real-world applications not only become more interested in pursuing STEM careers, but they also do better academically. We have several initiatives to get students more engaged.

Sabrina Gomez
Learn more about our STEM initiatives.
Email Sabrina Gomez
Director, ExpandED STEM Opportunities
or call (646) 943-8778

Collaboration and Design-Based Learning

When classroom teachers and community educators collaborate to spark student interest in STEM subjects, kids are transformed into explorers and scientists – partnering on projects, designing experiments, collecting data, reviewing evidence and tackling design challenges. This idea is behind three of our STEM programs:

In all three, teachers and community educators receive professional development from STEM-rich cultural institutions, like the New York Hall of Science, The Institute of Play or Intrepid Sea and Air & Space Museum.  They learn maker/design projects that they can implement in the classroom to bring STEM subjects alive. They then meet together back at their schools to plan and team-teach projects that support the curriculum. 

The results? Classroom teachers enliven learning with hands-on projects. Community educators gain skills and confidence in teaching STEM. And students spend 100 more hours a year exploring science, technology, engineering and math.

Digital Learning

We work with educators to boost confidence and develop abilities to lead digital learning and computer science activities.

Learn more about Digital Learning.
Email Steve Roberts
STEM Manager
or call (646) 943-8852

Our programs promote collaboration between teachers and after-school educators to use digital media tools in an integrated and engaging manner. 

Our initiatives include professional development, so that educators are better equipped to prepare their students for careers in the 21st-century marketplace.