BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo
State and Erie Community College are teaming up with the City of
Buffalo and the Buffalo Public Schools, per a resolution brought
forth by Buffalo Board of Education President Barbara Seals
Nevergold, to make STEM education a priority for K-12 schools.
The first annual city-wide Science Week from April 7-11
underscores the critical importance of science, technology,
engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields to future employment in
Western New York’s emerging life sciences and advanced
National guest speakers, teacher development workshops and
hands-on classroom science activities are supplementing existing
programs, including the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Partnership (ISEP) in the Buffalo Public Schools (BPS).
Funded by a $10 million National Science Foundation grant, ISEP
is a coalition of partners, led by UB, whose goal is to transform
how science is taught. ISEP is currently in 12 Buffalo Public
Schools, helping to fill Buffalo classrooms with hands-on
activities that make science exciting for kids, and providing
professional development for teachers.
“This is a way to strengthen the workforce for Western New
York by building a stronger education pipeline through enhanced,
more specific alliances among business and educational partners to
support industries critical to the region’s emerging
innovation economy, including the life sciences and advanced
manufacturing sectors,” says Alexander N. Cartwright, vice
president for research and economic development at UB.
Science Week activities kick off 9 a.m., Monday, April 7, at
Native American Magnet School (School No. 19), an ISEP school. Area
leaders, including UB President Satish K. Tripathi, SUNY Buffalo
State Interim President Howard Cohen and State Sen. Tim Kennedy
will join Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown for
in-class science lessons.
“The future of Western New York and our nation depends on
more students graduating from high school prepared to enter college
and the future workforce,” Brown says. “In offering our
students a world-class education, it is important that they and
their teachers are learning about STEM fields, in which hundreds of
thousands of high-paying job opportunities will be available to
them in this global economy.”
On Tuesday, April 8, teachers will choose from a wide selection
of online STEM activities.
On Wednesday, April 9, the public is invited to learn more about
innovative programs sponsored by New York State and the State
University of New York, including the SUNY Teacher and Leader
Education Network (S-TEN) and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Master
In the morning, at SUNY Buffalo State’s Ketchum Hall, they
will get a demonstration of the TeachLive Lab, an initiative aimed
at better preparing teachers in New York schools. In the afternoon,
BPS science teachers will gather at McKinley High School for
interactive workshops offering the latest science education
Thursday, April 10, is Nano Day, featuring nanotechnology
presentations and activities at Hohn Auditorium at Roswell Park
Cancer Institute. Nearly 450 ninth-graders from Buffalo Public
Schools and local charter schools will interact with polymer worms,
computer hard drives and hydrophobicity exploration at sessions
presented by the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of
the State University of New York.
Friday, April 11, is Science Week Celebration Day at Burgard
High School. Scheduled activities include wind tunnel exercises and
presentations from 9-10:40 a.m. Shirley Malcom, a nationally
recognized expert, will be the featured speaker. Malcom is known
for her efforts to improve the quality of and increase student
access to education and careers in STEM fields, with particular
emphasis on helping women and girls.
Leaders from the five primary Science Week partners will reflect
on the week and Congressman Brian Higgins will close the
“We are building on the alliances to deliver on the
promise that Buffalo Public Schools will deliver a world-class
education for our children, making them more competitive in the
global workplace,” says Eunice A. Lewin, a member of the SUNY
Board of Trustees and one of the key organizers of Science Week.
“It is a critical mandate that Buffalo is positioned to
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