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 to solve over the course of 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 Stevens Math Olympiad.
Stevens Innovation Expo
The Stevens Innovation Expo is an annual showcase for student design, innovation, and entrepreneurship that takes place across the entire Stevens campus with hundreds of senior design projects on display. The projects are the capstone of the Stevens undergraduate experience and the culmination of an education focused on problem-solving, multi-disciplinary thinking, and teamwork. In 2019, Hoboken's 8th grade students are invited to attend this event which starts with an engaging presentation by a Stevens professor especially targeted to 8th grade students followed by teacher-guided tours of the senior design projects. Learn more about the Stevens Innovation Expo.
Accessing Careers in Engineering and Sciences (ACES)
The Stevens ACES program is a partnership with Hoboken High School that provides scholarship support to underserved and underrepresented students. In 2018, 3 scholarships were awarded to Hoboken high school students to attend Stevens Pre-College programs. Learn more about the ACES Program.
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.
In 2017, the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Stevens launched Math Circles with Hoboken elementary students. The math circles introduce important mathematical concepts, strengthen intuition, stimulate creativity and ingenuity—and, most importantly, foster a love for mathematics. With nearly 80 local children already moving through its math circles, Stevens is helping form a positive perception of mathematics among students as they move through their education.
Trading Day is a simulation trading floor competition for high school students hosted by the School of Business using real-time data and high performance software. Hoboken Junior Senior High School students have participated in Trading Day since 2015. Learn more about Trading Day.
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.
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 – 2019 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. Programs have focused on all aspects of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). Learn more about CIESE.
Past K-12 Programs & Partnerships
- STEM-a-thon: Discovery, Innovation & Success for Hoboken's 8th Grade Students - STEM-a-thon (2015-18) was a challenging, fun, STEM-based day of activities for students representing all of Hoboken’s public, private, and charter schools. The day-long event took place at Stevens Institute of Technology where student and faculty volunteers from Stevens guided Hoboken students through activities and encouraged 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. Visit the STEM-a-thon webpage for more information.
- Partnership to Improve Student Achievement in Physical Science Integrating STEM Approaches (PISA2) - Grades 3-8 teachers strengthened their content and instructional skills to support students to meet the rigorous expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards.
- Technology & Engineering - High school teachers learned to integrate engineering into biology and chemistry courses.
- STEAM - Middle School science, technology and art teachers learned to integrate engineering and art motivating students’ interest and creativity.
- WaterBotics® - 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 engaged 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.
- 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.