Syracuse City School District Receives STEM Kits from OBG

     Published on 3/6/19   Tagged under:    District News   

This is a photo of three adults holding a box that contains an ABCs of STEM kit.Syracuse City School District first graders will be learning about science, technology, engineering and math in a hands-on way, thanks to the donation of more than 85 The ABC’s of S.T.E.M. kits.

The kits, created by local founder Karyn Burns, provide classrooms with playing cards, posters, placemats, homework logs, activity packets and more – all intended to help kindergarten through second grade students increase their literacy in STEM subjects.

“The ABC’s of S.T.E.M. kits are an easy, early introduction to STEM for SCSD students and families of all backgrounds,” Ms. Burns explained. “The earlier a child is introduced to STEM, the better. Kids get energized when they are doing an exciting project-based learning activity, like building an object using toothpicks and marshmallows or making slime. I want children to have a positive memory associated with STEM so as they get older, they’re eager to continue to expand their knowledge in those fields.”

For twelve years, Ms. Burns worked for the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY), where she realized that businesses were looking for ways to support educators with getting STEM into classrooms and homes, in an effort to build a career readiness pipeline. Under the lead of Terry Madden, PE, Senior Vice President, OBG, Part of Ramboll (OBG) donated 85 kits, while Terakeet and Thompson & Johnson Equipment donated another ten.

“We understand our best asset is our people, and the future of our society will be built on increasingly advanced technological expertise and innovative problem solving,” OBG’s Terry Madden said. “Supporting and collaborating with innovative, cutting-edge programs like the Syracuse City School District and the ABCs of STEM will create exciting opportunities to inspire and prepare the next generation of leaders in STEM.”

“The Syracuse City School District is appreciative of the support from OBG, Terakeet and Thompson & Johnson Equipment,” SCSD Supervisor of Science and Technology Dana Corcoran said. “The STEM kits they donated will allow new and engaging lessons for our first grade students this school year. We look forward to expanding these activities to additional students in the years to come.”

This is the pilot year for kits to be used in classrooms, so teachers will be providing feedback for how the kits can be improved. Beginning next year, The ABC’s of S.T.E.M. kits will be offered with separate activities for students at the kindergarten, first grade and second grade levels.