STEM

In reality, a STEM spin on LI workforce development

By GREGORY ZELLER // Albany’s biggest economic engine is hitting the gas on a clever, multifaceted Long Island workforce-development initiative, offering a reality-TV look at the Island’s thriving 21st century industries. The Empire State Development Corp. is joining the Long Island STEM Hub – a consortium of regional educators, executives and other stakeholders boosting regional science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries – to launch “Full STEM Ahead Long Island,” a new video series pushing STEM…


A Queens machine rules them all at VEX’s LI robo-thon

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s brightest STEM students proved no match Saturday for unstoppable robots from Queens – though the invading automatons did have a distinct advantage. Adelphi University was the site of Long Island’s eighth-annual VEX Robotics Competition, which invited students from a dozen regional middle and high schools – and teams fielded by several professional and nonprofit partner organizations – to pit their remote-controlled creations in an uber-violent, oil-oozing, gear-strewn deathmatch. Actually,…


No. 462: Silver bells, silver medals and the ‘Silver Tsunami’ – plus, STEM education for grown-ups

  Are those bells we hear? Santa’s sleigh is warming up, dear readers, as we hurdle another Wednesday and trigger the one-week countdown to Christmas Day. That makes it Dec. 18 out there, and around the world we go: Republic Day in Niger, National Day in Qatar, International Migrants Day and the U.N.’s Arabic Language Day, recognizing a true pillar of human history. This little piggy: Pork will likely be scarce at Arabic Language Day…


Today, tomorrow meet in ULC, Science Center alliance

By GREGORY ZELLER // An innovative alliance will unite one of Long Island’s top robotics companies with a Riverhead nonprofit on a mission to prepare young learners for the 21st century workforce. Hauppauge-based ULC Robotics will share its industry expertise – including on-site classes, field trips to its bustling production facility and hands-on mentoring – with the Long Island Science Center, a registered 501(c)3 organization determined to bring science and technology opportunities to young Islanders….


Bold step has ambitious STEM startup thinking global

By GREGORY ZELLER // A muddled marketing message hasn’t stopped We Connect the Dots from changing lives across Long Island – but sharper marketing could carry its unique STEM-education formula around the world. That’s the thinking at the multifaceted educational organization, which has hired a professional marketing team to help scale its successful technology-training model across the United States and beyond. In September, We Connect the Dots joined forces with Raffa Social Capital Advisors, a…


No. 402: A Machiavellian mashup featuring NYIT grants, Farmingdale State fairs and ‘Breezy’ Bob Catell

  You made it: Welcome to Friday, friends, and the finale of another busy workweek. It’s May 3 out there, and as full-blooded advocacy journalists, we’re proud to come to you on World Press Freedom Day, wherein the United Nations recognizes that no democracy is complete without a free and transparent information flow. Creepy and kooky: Here in the States, it’s also the seventh-annual National Paranormal Day. Mysterious: It’s also National Two Different Colored Shoes…


At the Cradle of Aviation, STEM inspires (in a ‘Big’ way)

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Long Island’s most innovative institutions is sharing some big-screen inspiration with tomorrow’s brightest minds. As part of its National Engineers Week (Feb. 17-23) observations, which also include Feb. 21’s National Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, the Cradle of Aviation Museum is featuring the exhilarating documentary “Dream Big” in its giant-screened Dome Theater, where senses-shattering IMAX technology awaits. Narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges and produced by MacGillivray Freeman…


No. 366: ‘Teaching labs’ at SBU, lovely lagers at NYCB Live and a $68 million consolation prize for the LIREDC

  Season’s speedings: Ho-ho-holy cow, Christmas is a week from yesterday … 2018 truly has kept its pedal to the metal. That makes this Dec. 19, dear readers, and the midpoint of the last full workweek of this breakneck year. To wit: Please watch for your regularly scheduled Friday newsletter, followed by weekly installments on Dec. 28 and Jan. 4. Back on schedule Jan. 7. Read all about it: December 19 is a big-time date…


Ten LI scientists earn prestigious AAAS fellowships

By GREGORY ZELLER // Ten Long Island scientists have received a prestigious peer-selected distinction, selected as 2018 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The high honor, a members-only selection by other AAAS members, recognizes “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications,” according to Stony Brook University, which led the Long Island region with six fellows placed among this year’s 416 total honorees. Two Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory…


No. 343: Talking the talk, saluting young geniuses and creating creative pros (and happy birthday, Sandy)

Welcome to Wednesday: We’re coming to you live (no) and in color (sorta) on this 26th day of September, dear readers, the midpoint of another busy week here on Long Island and around the world. Tongue twister: Speaking of around the world, a very special hello, moi, tere and zdravo to our readers across Europe, where the European Day of Languages – celebrated every Sept. 26 – is in full swing. We just said “hello”…


LI duo takes top spot in Spellman clean-tech contest

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island team has taken top honors in a global clean-tech competition for forward-thinking high schoolers. Featuring teams from across the United States and as far afield as Peru, Ireland, Australia and Singapore, the 2018 Spellman HV Electronics Clean Tech Competition was designed to promote STEM concepts (for science, technology, engineering and mathematics) while challenging participants to tackle real-world environmental challenges. The seventh-annual international brain-a-thon, sponsored by Hauppauge-based Spellman High…


Judgement day at Adelphi, as the robots rise again

By GREGORY ZELLER // The robot revolution is coming this weekend to Adelphi University, but don’t be alarmed. We won’t be bowing to our new mechanical overlords anytime soon – but a few ingenious students may take some well-earned bows when all is said and done with the sixth-annual Statewide Middle School and High School Robotics competition. Featuring 30 middle-school teams (from 19 statewide schools) and 13 high school-aged squads (each representing a specific college…


Connect the Dots launches $1M crowdfunding effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // There are lots of connections these days at We Connect the Dots, the Cold Spring Harbor nonprofit focused on educating the next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers. In the four years since founder Laurie Carey thought it up, and just over a year since it officially launched, the not-for-profit has completed its first international outreach – a January code-a-thon that involved young programmers at three different locations, including a team…


LI Stem Hub at three

At age 3, STEM Hub looks back to the future

It’s been three years since the Empire State STEM Learning Network launched the Long Island STEM Hub, an amalgam of industry and academia on a mission to educate LI’s next-generation workforce. To support the region’s economic growth and high-tech vitality, the STEM Hub (for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) provides a focal point for businesses, students, teachers, higher education and worker-retraining operations. A “Back to the Future”-themed celebration will mark the Hub’s third anniversary, scheduled…