The Finger Lakes STEM Hub is part of the Empire State STEM Learning Network organized by the New York State STEM Education Collaborative, a statewide, community‐led collaborative advancing STEM education to prepare all students across New York State for success in school, work, and life. The Finger Lakes STEM Hub is our local network of STEM leaders from higher education, K-12, business, government and community organizations working together to leverage resources, create best practices and build awareness for and about STEM education efforts in the greater Rochester area. The Finger Lakes Hub covers a nine-county area: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates Counties.
STEM is more than an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is also shorthand for the interdisciplinary, hands-on, “real world” educational experience that provides skills to succeed in our modern world. STEM literacy and the related skills of critical thinking, working collaboratively, and problem solving are important in STEM careers as well as in virtually every industry sector in the knowledge-based, globalized economy. While not every student will pursue a STEM career, effective STEM education challenges students to think critically, collaborate, and solve problems. These skills are important in STEM and non‐STEM careers. Introducing innovative policies, programs, internship and other hands‐on opportunities provide all students with that “real world” educational experience needed to succeed.
What We Do
The Finger Lakes STEM Hub is a local network of committed stakeholders—business, pre-Kindergarten through higher education, government, community organizations, and foundations. We will connect the people and organizations already working to promote STEM learning and lend our support to strengthen their offerings and extend their reach within the community. Our goal is to create a “best practices” approach to STEM learning in our area. The activities of the Finger Lakes STEM Hub fall into three categories: professional learning, student impact and community awareness and involvement. We provide STEM educators with tools to ensure they are fully equipped and confident in their abilities to prepare their students for college and careers. For students, we identify and promote STEM activities and events that are engaging, exciting, and empowering for students. Finally, within the community, we get everyone involved in STEM connected - talking to each other to share information and aligning our work and our programs toward an overall goal of life and workforce preparedness.
The Rochester Area Colleges’ Center for Excellence in Math and Science and RIT were instrumental in initiating Hub formation in December of 2010, and the initial core team grew as word spread to regional organizations that support STEM education. Champions are influential members of the Rochester and Finger Lakes Region. The STEM Hub Core team is made up of educators, businesspeople, community and concerned citizens who represent many others in the field. The Finger Lakes STEM Hub and other regional networks rely on our community partners for support. We received initial support from Xerox, RPI, MCC and Siemens and we continue to seek support from all of our community partners. The state network, Empire STEM is supported by Battelle, SUNY, RPI, and IBM.
STEM Hub Staff
Joe Marinelli, Director
Tammy Bonisteel, Administrative Assistant