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Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 1:00pm

Dobbs Ferry, NY – Mercy College hosted a ribbon cutting to mark the official opening of the new Center for STEM Education. The Center is run by Drs. Amanda M. Gunning and Meghan E. Marrero, both professors of Science Education at Mercy College. The ribbon cutting ceremony was celebrated by the School of Education Interim Dean Andy Peiser; the Executive Director of Westchester County Youth Bureau Dr. Iris Pagan, of Westchester County Supervisor Rob Astorino’s Office; Dr. Andrea Coddett, Yonkers Public Schools Deputy Superintendent; and Alex Servello, Science Director, Yonkers Public Schools; as well as parents and students from the Center’s Saturday STEM Academy.

Peiser congratulated Gunning and Marrero for making concrete their vision of STEM outreach into the community.  Pagan spoke about the importance of STEM education and how it has transformed her own life.

Coddett, who facilitated bringing more than 30 children from Yonkers to the Saturday STEM Academy, described her long history with Mercy College, being an alumna, and previously worked with Gunning and Marrero in their Wipro Science Education Fellowship at Mercy, and that she was pleased that her students were getting reasoning and scientific learning skills from STEM that would take them farther in whichever career they chose in life.  And that she hoped that life would include college.

The event coincided with the certificate ceremony of 45 students from the Center’s 4-week Saturday STEM Academy, which featured classes in Robotics, Applied Math for Fun and Bridge Engineering (in English and Spanish).

The Academy is the first of many STEM initiatives that will fall under the umbrella of the Center of STEM Education, including:

Spring semester of the Saturday STEM Academy with expanded classes for elementary students

FLORES program (Family Learning and Opportunities for Research in Engineering and Science Education) which brings Science Nights to parents and students in underserved school communities

MISTI undergraduate/masters grant program for training Mercy students to become Science and Math Teachers in high-need schools

WIPRO Science Education Fellowship, to train experienced science teachers to become Science Education Teacher Leaders in their home districts

Professional Development for school districts in various Science Education topics