BUFFALO, N.Y. – City-wide Science Week concludes its
successful week of science and technology consciousness-raising
Friday, April 11, with students demonstrating their wind tunnel and
shake table projects and an inspirational speech by STEM and
educational access advocate Shirley Malcolm.
“Science Week was a great success. Buffalo Public
Schools students engaged in science, teachers focused on best
practices, and the region’s SUNY institutions collaborated in
strengthening the educational pipeline,” says Vice President
for Research and Economic Development Alexander N.
Cartwright. “UB was glad to help facilitate the
week by creating new activities while also highlighting existing
programs that will support science learning throughout the
What: This year’s first-annual Buffalo Public
Schools Science Week has showcased how science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM) expertise among young people is crucial
to satisfying the employment needs of Western New York’s
emerging life sciences and advanced manufacturing industries.
The week’s activities close with students demonstrating
working wind tunnel and earthquake-simulating shake table projects.
Shirley Malcolm, a national leader in encouraging girls and women
to pursue degrees and careers in engineering and science degrees,
will speak on her work dedicated to expanding access for all
students in STEM programs.
Where and When: Friday’s in-class science
activities and presentations will be at Burgard High School, 400
Kensington Ave. Science demonstrations begin at 9 a.m. The ceremony
continues with speeches until about 10:45 a.m. Malcom is scheduled
to speak at approximately 10 a.m.
Who: Malcolm and the students showing visitors their
science projects will join Buffalo Public School officials,
including Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown; UB
administrators and educators Cartwright and Joseph A. Gardella Jr.;
state and local public officials, including Congressman Brian
Higgins, SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown,
and educators from the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Partnership, which is assisting the week of science and technology
Why: Funded by a $10 million National Science Foundation
grant, organizers want to transform how science is taught and build
a technology-savvy workforce in Western New York to meet demands of
the area’s expanding innovation economy. The weeklong program
has already earned praise from teachers and parents.
Sixth-grader Tyler Smith of the Charles R. Drew Science Magnet
School #59 appeared this week on Channel 7’s Wednesday
Weather segment as a special Science Week guest.
Tyler’s parents and Stephanie Finn, the school’s
science coach, accompanied Tyler to Channel 7 studios.
“His mother could not stop talking about how grateful she
was for the school, and even for his sixth-grade science teacher,
Mrs. Kristen Tata,” said Denisca R. Thompson, principal at
Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet, one of the city schools
participating in Science Week. “She says that Mrs. Tata has
really awakened Tyler’s thirst for learning. I
appreciate ISEPs involvement with Tyler. This is a team
On site contacts and media opportunities: Suzanne
Chamberlain, senior director at UB’s Office of the Vice
President for Research and Economic Development, will be at the
school to handle media requests. Her cell phone is 716-868-1020.
Buffalo Public School science teachers and the students conducting
hands-on science activities will be available for interviews and
videos of the classroom experiments.
Visit the web site of the Office of the Vice President
for Research and Economic Development for more information about
Science Week daily activities and for articles on this week’s