Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Initiatives
"Niagara University’s College of Education is pleased to be in the forefront of designing and facilitating programs in the STEM field of study for teachers and in these STEM summer camps. It is through the unique partnerships of the university with the Niagara Falls City School District and National Grid that this level of collaboration and cutting-edge opportunities for our children and youth are possible. Through our involvement, the College of Education will help to improve career preparation among participating students, and also to introduce current STEM content to our pre-service teachers, who can then go on to foster greater student achievement in their own classrooms.”
Dr. Debra A. Colley, Dean
Niagara University's STEM program is designed to enhance science, technology, engineering, and math and advanced manufacturing (AM) education in order to provide students with the tools and resources they’ll need to be prepared for the future job market.
Niagara University’s College of Education, in partnership with National Grid and the Niagara Falls City School District, hosted two four-day STEM camps, designed to give boys and girls in grades three through eight, and young women in grades seven through nine, the opportunity to learn more about STEM disciplines and careers.
Using the next generation science standards as the basis for their lessons, teachers from the Niagara Falls and Buffalo City School Districts led hands-on activities that enabled campers to explore topics including electromagnetic energy, energy conservation, hydroelectric energy, and solar energy. Students approached their tasks as engineers would, using the design process to test, evaluate, and in some cases, adjust their projects, which included building wind and water turbines, making a solar oven, and constructing energy efficient houses.
- 100% of campers reported learning about more than 40 careers in energy and advanced manufacturing.
- 92% of campers enjoyed hands-on applications through inquiry-based learning.
- 96% of campers enjoyed being on a college campus for STEM camp.
- 72% of campers are now thinking about STEM careers.
- 100% of teachers reported learning new strategies that are inquiry based and research driven.
- 98% of parents felt the STEM camps gave children exposure to STEM-related activities and careers.
- 88% of young women STEM campers enjoyed hands-on activities in STEM labs at Niagara Falls High School.