Updates from the Commission on Science and Technology

Educational Video Brings Innovation into the Classroom
Lupardo and BU partner to promote science, technology, engineering and math to students and the community
June 13, 2011

Binghamton – Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Science and Technology, unveiled a video she produced with Binghamton University to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to students and the community. The video was filmed at Glenwood Elementary on February 24, 2011, during National Engineers’ Week.

The presentation by James Pitarresi, professor of mechanical engineering in the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University, showed approximately 100 fourth- and fifth-grade students how engineering and science is all around us and has an impact on our lives every day. Dr. Pitarresi also shared some of the exciting work being done in Binghamton University’s Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC) with regards to research and innovation in the areas of cyber security, computer simulation and electronic systems.

“After meeting with students at Glenwood Elementary last year, I was inspired by their questions and interest in our community,” said Lupardo. “This video is both a tool and model that teachers can use to inspire students and increase interest in STEM careers. It is also a way for the community to learn more about the exciting innovations being developed at Binghamton University.”

“It was thrilling for me to work with the young students and see their enthusiasm for learning, and willingness to brainstorm innovative solutions to problems,” said Dr. Pitarresi, who was recently awarded with a Distinguished Teaching Professorship by the SUNY Board of Trustees. “Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) provide the basic building blocks for the development of high-tech jobs both today and into the foreseeable future. A strong foundation in STEM-based curricula is a critical ingredient to our economic development and prosperity.”

“Our fourth- and fifth-grade students at Glenwood thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the innovations that are being worked on at Binghamton University,” said Doreen McSain, Principal of Glenwood Elementary School. “It was exciting to hear about the initiatives that are taking place right in our own backyard, and it was a wonderful introduction to all that Binghamton University can offer to our students.”

The 33 minute video is available online and in high definition (HD) on Binghamton University’s Vimeo page at www.vimeo.com/binghamtonu. It is also on the website for the Legislative Commission on Science and Technology at www.bit.ly/engineersweek.