Students and Faculty Make Science Come Alive for Middle Schoolers

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Students from two neighboring elementary schools participated in a day filled with unique learning activities at St. John’s University’s Women in Science (WIS) program’s second annual Science is Fun Day. The event took place at the Queens campus on May 15.

Guided by St. John’s students majoring in science, computer science, and math—along with professors who teach in these disciplines—over 50 students from the St. Andrew Avellino and Incarnation schools benefited from learning experiences outside the traditional classroom setting.  Small group activities included: “Chemistry is Cool,” “Escape from Toxic Island,” “Brains and Bones,” as well as math and computer games.

"Middle school is a time when many students are considering their future, and these programs introduce them to unique activities, hopefully piquing their interest in science, math or technology in college," observed Marie Nitopi, Ed.D., coordinator, WIS.

The demand for jobs requiring STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) aptitude now exceeds supply. "Many careers require some STEM skill, and a stimulating education in the sciences is essential for developing the problem-solving and critical thinking tools necessary for workforce readiness," Nitopi noted.

Established in 1990, the WIS program provides outreach activities supporting women entering the fields of science, mathematics, and computer science—areas in which women are historically underrepresented. 

For more information regarding the WIS program and the Science is Fun program, please contact Dr. Marie Nitopi: nitopim@stjohns.edu