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Yes They Can

Lucy Friedman

Lucy Friedman is TASC's president.

Many of the most forward-thinking STEM learning leaders joined TASC and AlphaBEST Education at the Red Rooster in Harlem to debut a new video that answers "yes" to the question: can school and after-school educators successfully co-teach and increase kids' access to science, technology, engineering and math?

This video takes us inside PS 182 in Queens with 5th grade students, their science teacher and a community educator from Child Center of NY. The educators are among the school teams who learned to co-teach through the STEM Educators Academy, a pioneering initiative supported by The Pinkerton Foundation.

With us at Red Rooster were Department of Youth and Community Development Commissioner Bill Chong, a champion of STEM learning in Out-of-School Time programs, Ron Ottinger of the Noyce Foundation and TASC Director Esther Dyson of EdVenture, among many others. I especially enjoyed seeing adults clustered around tables, embracing their inner makers and molding Squishy Circuit sculptures out of dough, LEDs and battery packs. As each group successfully built a circuit to light up its sculpture, the room cheered.

The design activity, suggested by New York Hall of Science, allowed guests to experience the kinds of hands-on learning students access in expanded school days. Several wistfully recalled that creative activities like these were rare when they were students in science classes.

Special thanks to Judy Nee and AlphaBEST for bringing this group together and supporting the production of this video.

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