Earlier this month we featured the RES STEM Initiative and their call for volunteers to get more STEM coaches into area classrooms. If you didn’t see the original blog post, you can read it here: STEM Education is Important – and You Can Help!
The RES STEM Initiative has exceeded the 2015/16 school year starting goal to have 30 volunteer Coaches available to support STEM teachers in Upstate New York. We filled the conference room the evening of Thursday November 5th, with STEM Coach candidates, Teachers, and School Administrators interested in building the connections that put technical people into classrooms. Engineers, technicians, entrepreneurs, machinists or anyone with a STEM Related Background, will now begin to support hands-on STEM Delivery. (The year-end goal is more than twice that number.)
The “magic” is that these people have the real-world application experience to make whatever STEM Topic their teacher/partner is pursuing, tangible, usable, and therefore worth remembering! These Technical people not only bring concepts, but in particular, they bring the Hardware that supports STEM instruction, to the classroom. We are offering volunteer STEM Coaches to all Rochester area school districts. Six STEM Coaches are already working at Honeoye Falls-Lima Primary School.
If you have a Science Technology Engineering or Mathematics background, and are retired (or available during school hours), please consider joining this effort.
The RES is also providing Literacy Tutoring at the Dr. Walter Cooper Academy. This is a Third-Grade volunteer initiative that also needs your support.
There is a BSA Explorer Troop run by the Rochester Engineering Society, where Teens get an eleven-week exposure to Area Engineering/Manufacturing Firms, and extensive Career-Path guidance from practicing Engineers. We featured this Explorer Troop earlier this year on our blog. Check out the blog post here.
For further information, please use the Contacts below:
STEM Coaching: Jon Kriegel – firstname.lastname@example.org or cell: 585 281-5216
Literacy Tutoring: Lee Loomis – email@example.com
RES Explorer Post 801 Staff or Tour Options: Richard Repka – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.