(December 6, 2006)
Web site offers new information on activities to promote studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
A new initiative supported by The Business Council has developed a new Web page with information on workshops, camps, games, and internships throughout New York State on a range of activities that target young New Yorkers interested in studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Innovate NY for Teens is a searchable database of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities created by the CareerZone Team at the state Department of Labor. The data base can be accessed from www.nycareerzone.org/innovate.
Visitors can search the database for STEM activities by type of activity, date, and location. The data base also offers teenager-friendly information on STEM careers. Educators can search the database for STEM classroom materials, lesson plans, curriculum, and professional development opportunities.
Shirley Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a nationally prominent advocate of improved efforts to arouse young people's interest in studies and careers in these fields, has been making a national pitch regarding the challenge of sustaining an educated STEM workforce in the US.
She notes on Rensselaer's Web site that "over the next 10 to 20 years the science and technology workforce in the United States will be retiring at record rates and there are not enough people in the ‘pipeline’ to replace them."
New workers in science- and technology-related fields must come from the current population of students.
"Innovate NY for Teens is an important tool for informing high school students about career opportunities in math and science, and CareerZone reaches one million users annually, so it is a great resource," said state Labor Commissioner Linda Angello. "The science and technology fields include many high-paying positions that are key to expanding New York’s economy."
“The Business Council has enthusiastically joined this effort and seeks to connect the work done by local businesses and STEM organizations to students interested in STEM careers, “ said Margarito Mayo, the Council's specialist in education policy.
The Council is strongly encouraging employers that offer internships for students, "externships" for teachers, or workshops or similar activities to inform the CareerZone team so information on these activities can be added to the data base.
The CareerZone team can be reached at:
New York State Department of Labor
Division of Research and Statistics
State Office Building Campus
Bldg. 12, Room 490
Albany, NY 12240