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Press Release: Pace University will Expand Experiential STEM Learning with New $2.5 Million Grant from the National Science Foundation


Press Release: Pace University will Expand Experiential STEM Learning with New $2.5 Million Grant from the National Science Foundation

Pace program will build upon their partnership with the NYC Department of Education and Billion Oyster Project

New York (October 9, 2018)  Pace University’s School of Education will continue their work cleaning New York City waterways and help train the leaders of tomorrow in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with a new grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant, totaling $2,499,876 million will build upon prior success with the New York City Department of Education, the New York Harbor Foundation, and the Billion Oyster Project. 

Convened by Pace University, Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science (CCERS) is a consortium of citizen scientists, volunteers, students and teachers that come together to play a direct role in helping the environment while also training students and teachers for STEM education and careers. New York City middle school students and teachers from underrepresented communities conduct hands on research with the environment, namely oyster restoration on the New York harbor while helping to build STEM education in and out of the classroom. 

The NSF first funded the CCERS STEM education project led by Pace began in 2014 and continues to grow thanks to funding from the NSF and other partners. The STEM+C program incorporates science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computing for students from pre-K to grade 12. It focuses on how students work computationally to solve problems in STEM fields.  

Principal Investigator and Assistant Professor of STEM Education, Lauren Birney Ed.D. of Pace’s School of Education said,We are honored and thrilled about this new opportunity made possible from the National Science Foundation. This support from the NSF provides our team with the opportunity to build upon prior success as well as expand, enhance and grow the partnership between Pace University, the New York City Department of Education and the New York Harbor Foundation/Billion Oyster Project. In this phase, we will increase student understanding and interest in restoration-based STEM+C careers, further develop and advance our Digital Platform and provide support to teachers and students in learning statistical and computational concepts in STEM fields."

“The jobs of today and tomorrow require STEM skills, and this program helps teach them to middle school students in New York’s underrepresented communities,” says Marvin Krislov, president of Pace University. “This grant will allow Prof. Lauren Birney, our School of Education, and their partners to build further on their efforts to train teachers, inspire students, and clean New York’s waterways.”

To date, the project collaboration with the New York City School of Education and the Billion Oyster Project has trained 127 teachers and 5,600 students in 78 public middle schools in STEM education with over $10 million dollars in funding. This signature grant for New York City continues to grow locally and globally providing recognition and visibility for the teachers, students, researchers and academics dedicated to this educational environmental restoration project.

About the School of Education

For more than fifty years, Pace University’s School of Education has prepared students to not only meet the requirements for teaching certification, but to also be agents of change committed to student success and lifelong learning. Through small classes and early fieldwork experiences, School of Education graduates are ready to start making a difference in the world before they even graduate. School of Education students receive the tools they need to be successful educators from faculty who are nationally and internationally renowned for active engagement in progressive research activities. Our students begin observations the first semester of sophomore year, which is one year earlier than most schools, and we strive to provide courses in a variety of new specialty areas to improve engagement, especially for students with diverse learning styles and learning differences.

About Pace University
Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project finds that Pace graduates are out-earning their parents and peers, bucking a nationwide trend for millennials