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New York Ag Connection - 07/12/2018

In July and August, hundreds of teachers and students will gather in Downtown Brooklyn for the sixth annual STEMNOW, one of New York City's largest and most comprehensive lineups of summer workshops, classes, and labs -- most of them free. STEMNOW immerses middle and high school students and their teachers in science, technology, engineering, and math -- the STEM subjects.

STEMNOW kicks off with a luncheon at NYU Tandon on July 12 featuring John B. King, Jr., president and CEO of The Education Trust and a former U.S. Secretary of Education.

Throughout the summer, students will get hands-on experience in fields such as robotics and mechatronics, chemical engineering, smart cities, 3D printing, and cybersecurity. Many will learn the tools top entrepreneurs use to design products, build prototypes, and launch their own companies.

STEMNOW includes workshops -- seven of which are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) -- that teach New York's teachers. At the conclusion of this summer's program, NYU Tandon will have completed 80 percent of its 2013 pledge to the White House to educate 500 teachers and positively impact 50,000 public school students throughout New York City by 2023. A record 62 teachers and nearly 850 students will participate this year alone.

New programs will introduce teachers and students to white-hot fields like cybersecurity and artificial intelligence (AI). eCybersecurity may see as many as 3.5 million job openings by 2021, and demand for workers in AI is on track to create some 2.3 million new jobs for engineers and data scientists.

One of the new STEMNOW programs, a cybersecurity immersion, gives New York teachers the tools to return to their schools and launch cybersecurity classes and clubs for their female students, preparing them to enter a field desperately in need of women. It will run alongside NYU Tandon's long-running series that introduces high school girls to computer science and cybersecurity, as well as a program on campus by Girls Who Code. The new AI summer program introduces high schoolers to neural networks -- a key architecture for AI systems -- by teaching them to program radio-controlled cars to function autonomously.

Students and teachers will also have the opportunity to participate in such cutting-edge research as COSMOS, an NSF - funded collaboration to develop, deploy, and operate an advanced wireless research testbed in West Harlem; and SONYC (Sounds of New York City), a first-of-its-kind comprehensive research initiative to understand and address noise pollution, the number one complaint of New Yorkers.

In all, nearly 20 programs will be offered this summer, reflecting NYU Tandon's longstanding commitment to opening engineering -- with its high salaries and many career opportunities -- to students from a wide range of backgrounds and economic means.

"STEMNOW exemplifies the spirit of collaboration at NYU Tandon. It is much more than just a summer program; the entire school mobilizes -- faculty, students, alumni, and administrators -- to help hundreds of students access high-quality STEM education," said NYU Tandon dean Katepalli R. Sreenivasan. "Our goal is to give as many young men and women from diverse backgrounds a chance to discover engineering and science through immersive, hands-on experiences, including participating in high-level lab research. We are proud to empower teachers with innovative ideas and curriculum so they in turn can inspire students to be our future engineers and scientists."

Forty faculty members and 130 undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from across New York University will teach or mentor students in labs as part of STEMNOW.

For more information on STEMNOW, visit engineering.nyu.edu/k12stem. For information on summer credit courses, visit engineering.nyu.edu/highschoolsummer. To register for Tech Kids Unlimited, visit www.techkidsunlimited.org/register. Join the conversation at #STEMNOW.

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