STEM Education is Important – and You Can Help!

September 17, 2015

How do you arm a STEM Teacher with real-world application examples?

Put an Engineer in the classroom!

The Rochester area has a long history of outreach success. As the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields continue to grow, this outreach is even more important.

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Bringing Engineering principles right into the classroom.

The Rochester Engineering Society (RES) is inviting Engineers across our region to support a myriad of STEM initiatives by volunteering their time in the classroom starting this fall.

Why do we want to put Engineers in the classroom?

• To help the Teachers stay current with our ever-changing technology.
• To share real life examples with students, exploring topics in a meaningful way that the students will remember.
• To support the teacher with the delivery of engineering and technology concepts, while also providing the supportive hardware necessary to make these concepts tangible.

Please consider advancing STEM education in upstate NY by visiting classrooms and sharing your personal experiences and successes. We seek Engineers to work on topics chosen by either the classroom teacher or by you. Many opportunities are available, and you can work at a school of your choosing, or elect to be placed where there is the highest need for volunteers.

Together we can make a difference in how students see STEM-related career options, and help our teachers stay technically current.

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Demonstrating cocepts through real life experience with the human gyrosphere

Who can volunteer?

Ideally, we are looking for volunteers available during the day. Retired Engineers, or those that have a flexible work environment that lets them visit schools during the traditional school day are in the highest demand. All you need is a background in Engineering or another STEM field, and a willingness to spark an interest in STEM in today’s youth.

For more information, please visit or call (585) 281-5216.  Please share this opportunity with anyone you think might be interested.  There are many positions and opportunities available!

RES also sponsors an Engineering Explorer Post, which we highlighted earlier this year during Engineering Week.  Read more about Explorer Post 801 here.

Jon Kriegel is a Director and Past President of the Rochester Engineering Society.  Jon began mentoring and volunteering as part of Eastman Kodak’s 21st Century Learning Challenge, and continues to volunteer today through his work as the Volunteer Coordinator at the RES.

Explorer Program Overview

September 15, 2015

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What is Exploring?

Exploring is a co-ed career-education program that allows high school students (aged 14-20) to learn more about a particular career through hands-on activities that are workplaced-based.

Exploring allows students to see the real world application of the career paths they are interested in.

Earlier this year we highlighted two of the Engineering Explorer Posts in our Region, Post 801 hosted by the Rochester Engineering Society, and the post hosted by the Rochester Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.

Currently there are 86 Explorer Posts being offered (and 11 more pending!).

Besides Engineering, there are many other areas that can be explored.

RES Explorers at Gleason Works

RES Explorers at Gleason Works

  • Ainimal Careers
  • Architecture
  • Auto Services
  • Business
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary
  • Electrician
  • EMS
  • Engineering
  • Firematics
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legal Careers

    The SWEet Explorer Group

    The SWEet Explorer Group

  • Medicine
  • Military
  • Pharmacy
  • Skilled Trades
  • Special Education
  • Sports Management
  • Theater
  • Verterinarian Technician

Several posts have Fall Joining Events.  Check them out here.  Many are held this week, so mark your calendars quickly!

Students can take an online Career Interest Survey that helps The Exploring Program develop new programs and posts to meet the needs of current students across our region.

Visit the Seneca Waterways Exploring website for more information, or contact one of their staff:

Keith Gomez Exploring Executive – West (585) 241-8558

Eric Israel Exploring Executive – East (585) 241-8542