Summer STEM programs prepare students for back to school

By Karen Young

Many New York City school children are returning to a new school year with a new focus on STEM thanks to summer camps supported by National Grid’s Corporate Citizenship team.  National Grid partners with community organizations across the service area that provide summer fun exploration and skill building in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math — commonly known as STEM.   

These kinds of camps inspire the next generation of engineers that will be needed to develop innovative technologies and renewable energy solutions to meet customers’ energy needs.  It’s all part of the company’s Engineering Our Future (EOF) initiative to inspire youth to pursue STEM skills. 

“Our partnership with NYU Poly, Brooklyn Tech High School and other organizations supports programs that provide summer fun exploration and skill building for middle school students,” said Mauri Myers Solages, Manager of Corporate Citizenship Programs for New York.  “With the support of our Power to Serve employee volunteers, we are creating great learning opportunities that send students back to school energized and excited about STEM.” 

Over the summer National Grid sponsored several STEM camps including:

Science of Smart Cities A project of NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Center for K12 STEM Education, Science of Smart Cities (SoSC), introduces STEM concepts through hands-on activities, demonstrations and experiments.  SoSC is a program for middle school students where they learn new and exciting engineering and technology skills while creating a model of their own sustainable city.  SoSC took place in Downtown Brooklyn July 5 to 30.  Eighty middle school students from across New York City participated.  Chris Cavanagh, NES Customer Solutions took part in SoSC’s VIP Expo to see the students present their projects, demonstrations and visions on the ways in which engineering, technology and science can and do make cities ‘smart.’

Chris Cavanagh with student

Photo:  SoSC student shows Chris Cavanagh her Smart Crop Irrigation system for sustainable agriculture.

Brooklyn Technical High School Science and Technology Program for Middle School Students

National Grid is partnering with Brooklyn Technical High School and the Alumni Foundation on a first-of-its-kind four-year program to enhance STEM education, supporting middle school students in our local community.

The Brooklyn Technical High School Science and Technology Program encourages middle school students to study STEM subjects and pursue energy careers. Students from Brooklyn middle schools in grades seven and eight are selected to participate in the summer program. They are engaged in a variety of project-based experiences including design and modeling, automation and robotics, energy and the environment, the magic of electrons, and the science of technology. 

The four-year program is designed to develop the next generation of STEM leaders and preparing them for the challenges facing them in high school and college.  This is a true pipeline experience as it reaches out to middle school students, nurtures them through middle school and shepherds them through high school, college and into an engineering/technology career, possibly at National Grid. 

There are several Brooklyn Tech alumni who have become leaders at National Grid, including Ken Daly, President of NYJdx; Andrew Prophete, Engineer, Site Investigation and Remediation and Chris Cavanagh, NES Customer Solutions.


National Grid employees with Brooklyn Tech students

Photo:  Holding the National Grid sign:  April Dubison and Andrew Prophete, both from the  Site Investigation and Remediation team, assisted the Brooklyn Tech Summer Pipeline Program students in the toothpick bridge activity.

Related article:  Partnering with NYU Poly on K-12 STEM Education

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