NEWS ADVISORY: Pace University to hold STEM Collaboratory Conference on June 1


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Pace University to hold STEM Collaboratory Conference on June 1

New York, May 14 – The first Pace University STEM Collaboratory Conference, sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, will be held on Saturday, June 1 in the Multipurpose Room of One Pace Plaza on the university’s Lower Manhattan campus, east of City Hall and six blocks from Wall Street.


8:30 to 9:30 am: Registration & Coffee. Welcome by:  Lauren Birney, assistant professor at Pace’s School of Education is the director and Jonathan Hill, associate dean of Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, is the co-director of the STEM Center Collaboratory at Pace.

9:30 to 10:15 am: Douglas Rushkoff, Media Theorist: “Program or Be Programmed: Why Students Should be Code Literate”

10:15 to 10:30 am: Coffee Break

10:30 to 11:30 am: Michael Joaquin Grey, Artist/Inventor: “The Zoob System and Its Use for Teachers & Students.” Zoob is a 3D Modeling System inspired by the nucleotides (the basic structural units of nucleic acids) that make up DNA.

11:30 am to 1:30 pm: Lunch & Poster Session on Pace Collaboratory Teacher Mobile Math and Science Apps for Android Smartphones

1:30 to 1:45 pm: Break

1:45 to 3 pm: “Perspectives in Stem Education” panel discussion moderated by Ben Esner, director, K-12 STEM Education, Polytechnic Institute at New York University. Panelists: Steve Ettlinger, author, “Twinkie, Deconstructed”; Prof. Brian Evans, Pace’s School of Education; Lou Lahana, Teacher, The Island School; Prof. Tom Lynch, Pace’s School of Education; and Meghan Groome, executive director, education and public programs, New York Academy of Science.

3 to 4 pm: Hydroponic Farming with Boswyck Farms

4 to 4:15 pm: Raffle prizes including an IPAD 2

BACKGROUND: The Pace STEM Collaboratory was created by the university’s School of Education and the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in December 2012 to facilitate interdisciplinary research and the exchange of ideas among students, faculty, and staff in STEM disciplines, and support teaching and learning at the middle and high-school levels through continued and expanded relationships with public schools in the region.

The Collaboratory’s goals include:

•           Identifying and developing a pipeline of STEM students and teachers in the greater New York area in grades 6 through 12;

•           Integrating STEM best practices in the preparation of workforce-ready students at the college level;

•           Increasing the proficiency of specially selected grade 6 through 12 teachers and administrators in STEM teaching;

•           Developing ways to motivate learners to persevere in the study of science, technology, engineering, and math; and

•           Launching an interdisciplinary STEM research group based at Pace University that will be a clearinghouse for successful initiatives in STEM education.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597,

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