NEWS ADVISORY: Pace University Improves Science Education, Participation Locally Through Science Saturday Enrichment

Engagement in science learning begins at the earliest grades and ages, which is why Pace University’s School of Education provides enrichment instruction to students in Westchester County through Science Saturdays.



Pace University Improves Science Education, Participation Locally Through Science Saturday Enrichment

Pleasantville, NY –  October 31, 2013 — Entering its third year, Science Saturdays brings a myriad of science concepts to life for participating students in grades 4-8 in Croton, White Plains and Briarcliff schools. Sessions began in early October 2013 and will continue through late April.

Each monthly session lasts for three hours and students learn about a science concept from a Pace University professor and then complete their own experiments, bringing science to life in new and exciting ways.  The program expands this year from four sessions to six, and planned topics include computers, microbiology and ecology.

The approach works. In a White Plains session last year, 4th and 5th grade boys conducted chemistry experiments with Sandra Flank, PhD, professor emeritus at the School of Education. “I liked it and I want to take chemistry in high school,” one boy reflected. “I think that [the session] was too short, especially that I was having fun. I wish I could spend the whole day with [Professor] Flank doing this.”

The following workshops will take place at the Croton Harmon High School science labs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.:

•           November 23 – “Making Computers Talk, Part 1” with Dr. Gerald Ardito

•           December 14 – “Making Computers Talk, Part 2” with Dr. Gerald Ardito

•           February 8, 2014 – “Reducing Our Impact On the Environment” with Professor Angelo Spillo

•           March 8, 2014 – “Ecology: Change Right Under Our Noses” with Profs. Carl and Charlene Hoegler

•           May 10, 2014 – “Investigating Microscopic Critters” with Professor Andrew Weir

The following two-hour workshops for White Plains students, as part of the “Making Computers Talk” series with Dr. Gerald Ardito, will take place in the Fall and Spring during the White Plains Saturday Academy:

•           October 26 and January 25, 2014 – Making Computers Talk, Session #1: The Basics of Scratch

•           November 16 and February 22 – Making Computers Talk, Session #2: Beyond the Basics of Scratch

•           December 21 and March 29 – Making Computers Talk, Session #3: Connecting Scratch to the Outside World-Sensors and Motors

 Members of the media are invited to attend to see first-hand how the School of Education at Pace University is making a difference in engaging students in science and generating interest in STEM fields.

Instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is taking on a new importance as American student performance in these areas continues to decline, and these disciplines command greater importance in our evolving global economy. Part of the problem is also encouraging traditionally underrepresented minority students and women into these fields and supporting their pathways to success. The need for more than 100,000 STEM teachers in the next 10 years underscores the need for quality instruction to keep students competitive and encourage American innovation and economic strength.

Science Saturdays are just one example of Pace’s deep commitment to improving science study and STEM instruction. Pace’s School of Education and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems are partners in the Pace STEM Collaboratory, a program that facilitates interdisciplinary research and the exchange of ideas among students, faculty, and staff in STEM disciplines, and improves and supports STEM teaching and learning at the middle and high-school levels through continued and expanded relationships with public schools in the region.

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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