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"STEM HUB" Launched to Educate Future Workforce

We've been telling you about the state's plan to bring a long-awaited chip fab plant to Marcy, which could create thousands of jobs. Education an d business leaders are launching the "stem hub"-- which they say will provide area students the tools to land a job in the high-tech industry
We've been telling you about the state's plan to bring a long-awaited chip fab plant to marcy, which could create thousands of jobs. Education and business leaders are launching the "STEM HUB"--which they say will provide area students the tools to land a job in the high-tech industry.staying on the story. Many of these industries rely on a STEM educated workforce-- which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.the mohawk valley stem hub has applied for state funding to enhance these subjects in the classroom. Five BOCES regions have banned together with SUNY-IT and other colleges to boost stem learning.
"Moving from some of the old technologies to new technologies, it creates really kind of a cris for us not to have these students prepared," said BOCES superintendent, Howard Mettelman. Other organizations are recognizing the importance of STEM education too.
"We've got a couple robotics clubs starting in 4-H this year, we're also able to go in and do science activities in the schools" said Lynette Kay or the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Kay says, at times, STEM can be a touch intimidating.
"You just hear those words and you start to cringe but science is all around us, math is all around us," she said.
An electrical teacher says this fear goes away with hands-on exprience, like wiring a model home.
"The beauty of it is that once that start applying it, it's a whole different world. Before they get here, their math is simply numbers on a page, carrying very little meaning, when they get here they're actually appplying what they've learned in the classroom to practical experience," said Dave Waters.
This will prepare students at any age for a 21st century career once they leave the classroom.
"The goal of this whole initiative would be to make sure that we are ready to meet the workforce demand that will be required in a number of different emerging fields," said Mettelman. Among them, he says, are cyber security and nanotechnology.
"Any help we can give our kids to get them more interested in it, understand it, and actually consider careers in it will be better for them because that's where the future's heading.
The STEM HUB is vying for state funds and we'll find out September 24th how high a priority it is on the competitive list of grant applications.
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