Through tutoring and mentorship, innovative programming from organizations like the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE), partnerships with the Hoboken Board of Education, and participation in local and national educational initiatives, Stevens collaborates with students and educators to enhance K-12 STEM educational experiences.
Stevens Math Olympiad
The Stevens Math Olympiad is a mathematical competition for middle and high school students to solve creative mathematical and logical problems, and to attract students to the joy and the excitement of mathematics. Students are offered 15 problems for 90 minutes in five divisions: grades 3-4, grades 5-6, grades 7-8, grades 9-10 and grades 11-12.
The Olympiad has the following goals:
- To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for mathematics
- To introduce important mathematical concepts
- To strengthen mathematical intuition and to stimulate mathematical creativity and ingenuity
- To introduce bright middle and high school students to Stevens Institute of Technology
Learn more about the 2017 Stevens Math Olympiad.
STEM-a-thon: A Day of Innovation for Hoboken Students
STEM-a-thon is a challenging, fun, STEM-based day of activities for students representing all of Hoboken’s public, private, and charter schools. The day-long event takes place at Stevens Institute of Technology where student and faculty volunteers from Stevens guide Hoboken students through activities and encourage their interest in STEM.
At STEM-a-thon, Hoboken's 8th grade students innovated through hands-on, team-based STEM activities, discovered how to take advantage of their high school years to position themselves for success in college, and explored STEM and other college majors.
STEM-a-thon was launched in 2015 with the partnership of Hoboken Family Alliance.
Center for Innovation in Engineering & Science Education (CIESE) Programs for Teachers and for Students
CIESE at Stevens builds teaching expertise through professional development, supports student engagement through curriculum development, and investigates teaching and learning questions through education research. CIESE has impacted of 250 Hoboken teachers from 1988 – 2015 through dozens of programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the New Jersey Department of Education, and many corporate-sponsored programs.
Current programs available to HPS teachers and students include:
PARTNERSHIP TO IMPROVE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT IN PHYSICAL SCIENCE INTEGRATING STEM APPROACHES (PISA2)
Grades 3-8 teachers strengthen their content and instructional skills to support students to meet the rigorous expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING
High school teachers learn to integrate engineering into biology and chemistry courses.
Middle School science, technology and art teachers learn to integrate engineering and art motivating students’ interest and creativity.
Developed through $2.7 million in National Science Foundation grants and offered in New Jersey and a dozen other states, this research-based science and technology curriculum engages students in engineering design, teamwork, and programming to complete a series of increasingly complex challenges using LEGO in an underwater environment. In Summer 2015, CIESE conducted a WaterBotics Summer Academy for rising 8th and 9th graders with financial need, due to the generous support of John Wiley & Sons.
Hoboken High School-Stevens Scholarship
Each year, one high-achieving student from Hoboken High School is awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Stevens Institute of Technology. Since 1992, nearly 50 students have been awarded over $2million in scholarships through this program.
Tau Beta Pi K-12 Outreach Program
Each year, Stevens' engineering fraternity, Tau Beta Pi, holds six lessons per semester at a Hoboken school to introduce subjects in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to local 5th and 6th graders.
SATMax: New Horizons for College and Careers
SATMax is a practical workshop designed specifically for high school students who are planning to take or retake the PSAT or SAT. Professor Donald Lombardi, along with Stevens students trained as “micro-teaching” tutors, provide a five-week, 10-hour tutoring program focused on:
- Test taking strategies
- Mathematical Skills
- Verbal Skills
- Written Composition
Six PPT tutorials are used in the program, as well as The Barron’s Guide workbook and flash card set. Programs run for 2 hours per week for 5 weeks. To date, the average score increase on the PSAT or SAT following completion of the SATMax program is 70 points on verbal, 65 on math, and 80 on writing.
For more information contact Dr. Don Lombardi at [email protected]
TRUE Mentors is a one-to-one mentoring program. Stevens student volunteers serve as mentors and provide evening college interview workshops and an overview of Stevens admissions for Hoboken students.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
A half-day program held in February of hands on activities and lab tours exposing girls to engineering.
National Girls & Women in Sports Day
A program held in February hosted by Stevens Athletics that features lab activities, design demonstrations, and a women’s basketball game, open to boys and girls.
Women in Engineering Day
A full-day program held in March that exposes girls to engineering and science through Stevens’ student senior design projects. Lunch, campus and lab tours provided.
Future Opportunities for K-12 Partnerships
- College application and financial aid workshops
- Trading Day - Hoboken Junior Senior High School students participated in Trading Day, on April 24, 2015. Trading Day is a simulation trading floor competition for high school students hosted by the Howe School of Technology Management, using real-time data and high performance software. Learn more about Trading Day.
- Stevens Innovation Expo – An annual showcase of Stevens faculty and student research and innovation, featuring lectures on current research from faculty and invited industry leaders advancing innovation; student pitch and project plan competitions; and an afternoon exhibition of Senior Design Projects. Learn more about the Innovation Expo.
Past K-12 Programs & Partnerships
- 7th & 8th Grade College Experience Day - 85 students visited Stevens in Spring 2014 for a preview of a college experience which included lab visits, interactive engineering activities, and a campus tour.
- LEGO Mindstorm Kits were donated to Hoboken High School in September 2014.