New York Institute of Technology Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology and Institute faculty Jim Martinez engineered an innovative educational program that brought 23 of his NYIT science and technology students to Harlem’s P.S. 241. His students provided professional development for the Harlem science teachers, IT support for the school, and some fun and engaging science lessons for the kids. Said Martinez in an interview with WNYC-Radio:
The idea here is to bring in science and engineering majors, (students who are in the process of becoming those things), and bring them into school so that their habits are on display in front of the little ones…A great way for children to learn is to watch the people who have the skill set in practice.
The WNYC interview points to the growing demand of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. U.S. students are lagging in math and science compared to students in other industrialized countries, and New York is among many states that spend less time on science now than in the 1990s.