Industry Tour Series: Renewable Rochester

October 20, 2014

Welcome back to our STEM Series:  Summer Teaching Institute Industry Tours.  In this series we are highlighting the local industries that welcomed our Summer Institute participants this summer.  Read more about the Summer Institute here.   This installment focuses on Renewable Rochester.

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Renewable Rochester is a local business that provides solar energy for businesses, private homes, farms and schools.  It’s building complex in Webster is powered by hundreds of solar panels.  The building complex also includes “Vital Signs” and “Scott’s Auto Fix-It” that reap the rewards of the solar panels.  Scott (of Scott’s Fix-It) has seen approximately 50% reduction in their large electric bill.

The Renewable Energy Trailer.  Part of Renewable Rochester’s solar schools program

The Renewable Energy Trailer. Part of Renewable Rochester’s solar schools program

Renewable Rochester also provides portable solar energy kits of varying sizes for classrooms. They are also working with BOCES to create kits that can be loaned out to participating districts. Solar products are on hand and can also be custom designed according to need.  Real time solar data is available on their website.

Educators interested in more information about Renewable Rochester and the programs they offer can visit their website, contact Shawn Lessord by email shawn@renewablerochester.com, or call the office at 585-671-1301

Patti Saucke is a teacher at Churchville Chili Central School District.   She participated in the Summer STEM Teaching Institute offered by the Finger Lakes STEM Hub.


Industry Tour Series: RGRTA

October 13, 2014

Welcome back to our STEM Series:  Summer Teaching Institute Industry Tours.  In this series we are highlighting the local industries that welcomed our Summer Institute participants this summer.  Read more about the Summer Institute here.  This installment focuses on the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA).

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Headquartered on East Main Street in Rochester and governed by twelve commissioners, RGRTA oversees public transportation in Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne,  Wyoming and Seneca counties. RGRTA also serves as the host agency to a planning organization known as the Genesee Transportation Council.        (source: RGRTA Website)

After speaking with two engineers who oversee the operations of RGRTA, it became clear that STEM principles are important at any age. They see a need for “tinkering” and “playing in the dirt”.  There is a direct correlation between those activities and interest in STEM. They stressed the need for skilled trades (electricians, metal workers, welders, etc.) and women in construction related fields. New college graduates should expect to work their way up the proverbial ladder, putting to use their collaboration and critical thinking skills. While the company itself does not lend itself to tours, the engineers are excited to spread the word about the importance of STEM. We walked away excited about having new connections that reinforced the value of what we are doing in the classroom every day.125px-RGRTA_color_logo

For more information about the RTS Transit Center, check out the August 2014 Issue of The Rochester Engineer, a monthly magazine published by the Rochester Engineering Society.  In addition, there is a wealth of information on their website.

Katie Nash is a  Biology Teacher at  Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women.  She participated in the Summer STEM Teaching Institute offered by the Finger Lakes STEM Hub.


In Memoriam: Margaret Ashida

October 10, 2014

in memoriam

Margaret Ashida

1956 – 2014

Margaret was a friend, a colleague, and an inspiration. We met in 2009, at the Inaugural STEM Education Dialogue at RPI. Margaret was beginning the process of creating a STEM learning network throughout the state, and I was very excited be a part of that process.  We continued to work together at the state and regional level, as the network of STEM Hubs grew, with Margaret’s support and guidance. She was a brilliant organizer who was energized by bringing people together. Margaret will be sorely missed and we will continue to be inspired by her vision, her energy and her passion for promoting quality STEM learning through collaboration and innovation.

~Sara Silverstone, Director, Finger Lakes STEM Hub

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Margaret Ashida was the Executive Director of the STEMx™ multi-state network committed to transforming science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education through local innovation and state leadership for national impact. STEMx is operated by BattelleEd, a venture of Battelle – the world’s largest independent research and development organization.

Previously, Margaret led the incubation of the Empire State STEM Learning Network at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the State University of New York (SUNY) System. Prior to joining the non-profit sector, Margaret held executive positions at IBM in global workforce management and university relations, and served on global and national innovation initiative teams.

Margaret served on the Steering Committee of the New York Academy of Sciences/SUNY STEM Mentoring Scale-up Initiative and the NYS Education Department (NYSED) Leadership Team for Next Generation Science Standards development. She served on a 2012 NYSED Career and Technical Education Advisory Panel and co-chaired the 2012 Summer STEM Institute of the NYS STEM Education Collaborative. She was an Executive Committee member of the Board of Directors of LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics Inc.); a Trustee Emeritus of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology; was founding co-chair of the Workforce Alliance of the National Center for Women and IT (NCWIT); and past chair of the MentorNet Advisory Board.

Margaret received a B.A. from the University of Rochester and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Margaret’s family has created a memorial site for Margaret at http://www.forevermissed.com/margaret-ashida#about

 


Industry Tour Series: Day Automation

October 3, 2014

Welcome back to our STEM Series:  Summer Teaching Institute Industry Tours.  In this series we are highlighting the local industries that welcomed our Summer Institute participants this summer.  Read more about the Summer Institute here.   This installment focuses on Day Automation.  

Day Automation Office BuildingDay Automation provides comprehensive HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), Security/Access and Lighting control solutions to school districts, colleges, hospitals and many other businesses across the Northeast.  Their systems are technologically monitored, producing data to help customers minimize energy consumption and maximize safety.

The thirty-seven year old company is still privately run.  James Day and Jeff Day, owner-managers, are welcoming and eager to show educators the way their systems work at their facilities or by coming to classrooms.  They stress the qualities of a successful employee: motivated, a self-starter, solution oriented and the ability to make things move the way they need to.  Jobs range from being in the field, building and installing systems to software design to engineering solutions. They focus on providing satisfying, prompt customer service.  Day Automation has a highly professional, problem solving, consumer focused, friendly environment.

35 Years of customer service. We deliver intelligent, integrated HVAC, Access Control, Intrusion Detection, Video Surveillance, and Utility Metering solutions second-to-none. We want you as a customer for life!

For more information, please visit their website.

Tour 1Alice Lombardo is a 6th grade teacher at the Enrico Fermi School 17, in the Rochester City School District.  She participated in the Summer STEM Teaching Institute offered by the Finger Lakes STEM Hub.