STEM Education is Important – and You Can Help!

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.

Princii RES

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.

Human Gyro (1)

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 www.roceng.org/volunteer 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.

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One Response to STEM Education is Important – and You Can Help!

  1. Linda Wojciechowski says:

    Jon – what a great article in the D & C last week, highlighting this terrific program. I hope that you are successful in recruiting folks to volunteer and work with you to get this program up and running again.

    When you have people ready to visit schools, how can a school host a visit and participate in the program? We at Saint Joseph School in Penfield are making a big push to integrate more STEM learning in the classrooms, but could certainly use and benefit from your expertise and experience with this initiative. As a small Catholic school, we constantly struggle to deal with the rising costs of new technology and new programming in our classrooms. Should you be able to help us and place some volunteers in our classrooms, we would be most grateful!

    Your program sounds like a great fit for us, and I’d love to continue to be in contact with you about it. Thanks for any help you can give to our school!

    -Linda

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