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An Initiative to Help More Kids Find Future Careers in STEM

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Getting more kids on career paths in science, technology, engineering, and math. That's the goal of the Eastern Southern Tier Stem Hub.

The initiative is funded in large part by Lockheed Martin and is run by
Broome-Tioga BOCES.

So far it's funded grants for small stem projects in local classrooms, as well as what's called a STEAM- or science, technology, engineering, art, and math - academy.

Three school districts took part in last year's STEAM academy. This year, nine districts will be able to do so.

"First Robotics or Odyssey of the Mind type teams. But there's also new ideas in terms of things like the Summer STEAM Academy, different camps, different thinks with different industry partners to do," said Ron Crawford, Senior Manager of Engineering Leadership Development at Lockheed Martin.

"Some of the thinks that are happening are maker spaces, we have project-based learning activities, businesses interconnecting with schools at elementary, middle, and high school levels," said Kathy Sheehan, Assistant Superintendent of Broome-Tioga BOCES.

Sheehan says IBM, BAE systems, and Marchuska Brothers Construction are among the businesses who have contributed to the stem hub.