Central Brooklyn STEM
Central Brooklyn Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Initiative
“I believe that robotics can inspire young people to pursue science and engineering.” -- President Barack Obama, November 23, 2009
Founded in 2007 with the Foundation’s support, NYU-Poly’s Central Brooklyn STEM (Science, Technology, Mathematics) Initiative (CBSI) pairs teachers from under-resourced
Over the course of a summer, teachers work with fellows to research and design projects for the classroom. When school resumes, the fellows and teachers continue their partnership, bringing robotics projects to life with students and exposing them to tools and techniques used by scientists and engineers.
The results of the robotics initiative can be seen in the success of the CBSI-mentored teams of students who participated in the recent FIRST LEGO League robotics challenge: Of the 16 CBSI-mentored teams competing in the rigorous Brooklyn Qualifier, 13 advanced to the citywide finals. CBSI has a profound and measurable impact on students:
- More than 80 percent of students in the program raised their math and science scores by one-half to one full letter grade. It is so successful that the National Science Foundation chose projects from this program for the first-ever national science fair.
- More than three-quarters of the students said the program increased their interest in STEM subjects and careers.
- Science and engineering careers are among the most lucrative, yet women and minorities are vastly under-represented. CBSI encourages youngsters to pursue those studies at an age when they are most prone to losing interest in school.
In February 2011, the Foundation announced an expanded partnership to help encourage
The CBSI pilot was created in through grants from the Independence Community Foundation (ICF) – now the Brooklyn Community Foundation – and the J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation. Since 2007, the Foundation has contributed $800,000 to this educational program. Its cornerstone contribution also allowed NYU-Poly to obtain funding from the National Science Foundation's GK-12 Fellows Program to support the graduate fellows.
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