When organizers put together the Finger Lakes STEM Hub conference, they weren't sure how many people they would get to sign up. They actually had to turn people away there was so much interest.
Most of those in the audience were educators, others from the business community. They took part in workshops on everything from learning about the STEM programs available in our community to finding creative ways to reach students interested in science, technology, engineering and math.
"It's important for the colleges to partner with BOCES, and with local school districts, and businesses, with non-profit organizations such as the Boy Scouts Exploring Program for boys and girls. It's important for all of us to work together. We have overlapping missions," said conference organizer Joe Marinelli.
MCC president Dr. Anne Kress is also co-chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Workforce Development Group. She said STEM jobs are the jobs of the future and getting kids to think about math and science should start way before college.
"When you look at the future economy, most of those jobs have some relationship to science, technology, engineering and math, to STEM. So to integrate pathways into those careers earlier in middle school, in high school, helping students understand that they can see themselves as a scientist, as a technologist, as an engineer, as a mathematician, that's critical. And helping folks understand that talking about career pathways in a K-12 environment is a positive thing. It really is helping students think about in a real meaningful and constructive way, their future."
You can find out more about what Finger Lakes STEM hub is doing by going to its website.