"The idea here is to bring in science and engineering majors, students who are in the process of becoming those things, and bring them into the schools so the habits of the students are ondisplay in front of the the little ones, the elementary students," instructional technology professor Jim Martinez tells WNYC-AM at an event celebrating the partnership that brought NYIT students to a Harlem school in need of STEM mentoring.
"That's a great way for children to learn - to watch the people who have the skill set in practice." NYIT's program also helped the teachers at P.S. 241; NYIT students helped repair computers, assisted with smart board set-ups, and guided teachers through some technology glitches. Along the way, they "challenged kids to think like engineers," says sophomore Renee Avalos, and discovered the joy of being a role model for a young student.