By: Rosalia Mannino
This fall, NYIT undergrad students in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences successfully completed a service-learning project in their Career Discovery first year engineering course. The project was spearheaded by Dr. Jaime Martinez, an instructional technology faculty member from NYIT’s School of Education; Amy Bravo, Assistant Dean of Career Services; and Dr. Richard Meyers, professor in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. Together they worked with Ellen Darensbourg, Coordinator of the magnet program at elementary school PS241 – The STEM Institute of Manhattan.
All participants of this service-learning project benefitted immensely. NYIT students were able to apply their knowledge and passion for technology to assisting teachers with tech-savvy instruction methods, providing support to the school’s technology infrastructure, and learning more about their career path. The teachers at PS241 – The STEM Institute of Manhattan received valuable knowledge and tech support, as well as some much-welcomed energy that college students are known to bring. Last but certainly not least, the elementary school students formed lasting bonds with NYIT students, while learning about STEM career options and the necessary steps to getting there – most importantly, graduating from college (NYIT perhaps?!)