Release Date: December 10, 2014
What: Interactive video kiosks that allow patrons to hear words of advice and inspiration from local professionals employed in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) will be unveiled at the Buffalo Museum of Science as part of a new effort to inspire students to pursue STEM careers. In addition to the kiosks, STEM career information, posters and a “STEM mascot” are being displayed throughout the museum, along with complementary information specific to the interactive science studios that highlight the museum’s collections.
The effort is made possible through a partnership between the University at Buffalo’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (CBLS), iSciWNY, Superior Group and the Buffalo Museum of Science.
When and Where: 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Pkwy., Buffalo.
Who: Speakers will include Mark Mortenson, president and CEO of the Buffalo Museum of Science; Norma Nowak, director of science and technology, UB’s NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences CBLS; Sandra Small, workforce development associate, iSciWNY; and Scott Stenclik, president and CEO of Superior Group.
Local STEM professionals involved in the interactive video kiosk will also make an appearance. They include WGRZ-TV Chief Weather Anchor Kevin O’Connell, Moog Mechanical Engineer Kristin Zulawaski, Buffalo Filter CEO Samantha Bonano and Liazon Corporation Software Engineer Jonathan Ebel.
Why: For Buffalo Niagara’s emerging life sciences and technology economy to thrive and grow, it is important to introduce the region’s students as early as possible to the variety of STEM career paths available to them.