BUFFALO, N.Y. — Students from 12 Buffalo schools will show
off how much they’ve learned about science at a summit
planned by some of their proudest supporters: Their parents.
At the March 15th event — which helps launch STEM Month in
Buffalo — students are expected to present such projects
- An aquaponics system, with plants growing in nutrient-rich
water that’s recirculated from a fish tank
- Photos documenting the stages of chick development inside eggs
over three weeks
- Machines that students built for the Science Olympiad,
including a robot for moving small objects from place to place, a
wheeled vehicle and a propellor-based device for dropping eggs
without breaking them
- Live demonstrations of how acid reflux works, using chemicals,
an antacid tablet and a cardboard cutout of a human being
What: First Annual Interdisciplinary Science and
Engineering Partnership (ISEP) Science Summit.
ISEP, a program to improve science education, is a $10 million
partnership between UB, Buffalo Public Schools, the Buffalo Museum
of Science and SUNY Buffalo State.
When: Saturday, March 15, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Where: Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway,
Who: Dozens of middle and high schoolers from 12 Buffalo
Public Schools will present hands-on projects from science classes
and clubs. Corporate partners will also be on hand to talk about
careers in science and summer research opportunities for teenagers
in local labs.
Only students whose parents have signed media releases may be
photographed, filmed or interviewed. Students with releases have
been asked to bring them to the event, and members of the media
should ask to see the releases before speaking with
On-Site Contact: Karen King, PhD, ISEP program manager,
King's cell phone number, please call Charlotte Hsu at
Why: District parents planned the event through the
Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP), a $10
million program to improve science education in 12 Buffalo Public
ISEP is coordinated by Joseph Gardella, PhD, SUNY Distinguished
Professor in chemistry at the University at Buffalo.
The program aims to fill Buffalo classrooms with hands-on
activities that make science exciting for kids. With the
program’s help, district teachers have given students unique
opportunities, such as the chance to design and test miniature
Hands-on learning experiences are “all about student
engagement,” says Bennett High School teacher Carl Bish,
whose after-school science club will present on aquaponics and
chick development. “They allow for students to have those
‘Aha!’ moments and make connections and discoveries
they wouldn’t otherwise make.”
The summit was planned by parents, who meet monthly through ISEP
to discuss their children’s learning experiences — and
what families can do to reinforce teachers’ lessons.
For a list of the 12 schools that participate in ISEP and that
will be sending students to the summit, visit http://isep.buffalo.edu/participating-buffalo-public-schools/.
STEM Month: The science summit helps launch STEM Month in
Buffalo, which begins March 15 and concludes with the inaugural
Buffalo Public Schools Science Week from April 7-11.
STEM Month aims to strengthen the workforce pipeline in Western
New York by raising awareness about the importance of Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) occupations and
building stronger alliances between educational institutions and
corporate partners in life sciences and advanced manufacturing.
STEM Month’s major organizers include the City of Buffalo
and key educational institutions, including UB, SUNY Buffalo State,
Erie Community College, Buffalo Public Schools, the Buffalo Museum
of Science, and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
- The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership
(ISEP), led by UB, Buffalo Public Schools, the Buffalo Museum of
Science and SUNY Buffalo State
- ISEP educational partners Canisius College, Daemen College,
Medaille College and Niagara University
- ISEP corporate sponsors and partners Hauptman-Woodward Medical
Research Institute, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Life
Technologies and Praxair