STEM education is the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These four general areas of study are extremely important in keeping up with advancement. Across New York State, STEM careers are growing 2.5 times faster than the non-STEM average growth. SUNY has been working to increase STEM education, and furthermore keeping New York and the United States as the technological and economical leader of the global marketplace of the 21st Century.
Last month, SUNY Oswego opened it’s doors to the Shineman Center. The building was named after Richard S. Shineman, who is said to be the catalyst for science research at the college. The center was opened for students in August, marking the culmination of a three year construction project.
Science, Engineering, and Innovation are the three main components to this center and its efforts to promote STEM education for its students. Last week, the Shineman Center opened to the public, and SUNY Oswego’s $118 million Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation drew “oohs and aahs” from hundreds of community visitors. And in concert with SUNY’s efforts to build a better tomorrow, the Shineman Center also went green!
In a 1949 address to Smith College, Eleanor Roosevelt said “How well prepared are we to live in a world that has constantly grown smaller and where we must rub shoulders with people of different cultures, of completely different customs and habits and religions, who live under different legal systems, whose languages are different?” Her question of the preparedness of young people in the work force is still relevant today, and the answer is that some may not be as well prepared as they should be. Today’s job market requires a variety of skills that will allow professionals to work in a context wider than just their own field.
What does this mean for current students? Experts recommend beefing up the skills portion of a resume with college courses that reflect skills that most other applicants are missing. The job market today is exceptionally competitive, and possessing experience in a few vital skills could make the difference between you and another candidate.
Check out some types of classes that can give you a little boost on your resume after the jump!
UAlbany educational game researchers share a laugh, left to right, science education specialist Alan Oliveira, geoscientist Roberta Johnson, SUNY Games II project director Peter Shea, doctoral student Dima Kasssab, and Assistant Dean of Informatics, Jennifer Goodall. (Photo by Paul Miller)
At the University at Albany School of Education, Associate Professor Peter Shea is trying to bring together the console and the classroom. Professor Shea is leading a research study investigating the use of video games to promote learning, with a large and various group of experts, students, and faculty. The project, named “SUNY Games II”, seeks to explore how teachers and students from diverse fields across the SUNY system can develop video games to promote understanding of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) content in K-12 schools.
SUNY Games II will help the research and development of educational games. The project is being worked on through the Open SUNY framework, a massive online SUNY platform that will bring all online courses offered at each of SUNY’s 64 campuses onto a shared and comprehensive online environment.
SUNY Team, Let By UAlbany Researcher, Investigates Games for Enhanced STEM Education in K-12 Environment
A University at Albany researcher is leading a team of SUNY researchers in a study of using games to promote learning STEM content in grade school. “SUNY Games II” will explore how interactive and immersive activities may help the critical subject areas. The SUNY project will foster the research and development of games for learning through the Open SUNY framework, whose goal is to bring all online courses offered at each of SUNY’s 64 campuses onto a shared and comprehensive online environment.
> Read about the SUNY study at the University at Albany NewsCenter.
The Office of the Education Pipeline is happy to announce the expansion of the SUNY and New York Academy of Sciences’ STEM Afterschool Mentoring Program. Three additional SUNY campuses- Stony Brook University, SUNY Oswego, and SUNY ESF- will bring STEM graduate and post graduate students to students in community middle schools, where they will share their passion and expertise to high-need middle school students.