Research Week honored the impressive research being conducted at Rutgers Graduate School and exposed Newark students to STEM career opportunities
[Newark, NJ – April 15, 2016] – Newark Public Schools (NPS) sent 50 ninth grade students from Barringer S.T.E.A.M. Academy to the Paul Robeson Campus Center for the Rutgers University Research Week to learn more about careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Research Week commemorates the outstanding research being conducted at Rutgers University-Newark and celebrates diversity in the STEM fields.
“In this increasingly global economy, it is so important that we provide a quality education for our young people and encourage them to pursue competitive academic and professional careers in fields like science, technology, engineering and math,” said Superintendent Christopher D. Cerf of NPS. “Programs like Research Week help spark interest in our students and inspires them to set goals and work hard in order to achieve academic success.”
During their visit, Barringer S.T.E.A.M. students were welcomed by Dean Kyle Farmbry and Associate Dean Kinna Perry of the Rutgers University-Newark Graduate School. Students also sat in on a lecture, conducted some investigations and heard presentations on Rutgers’ summer and school-year program offerings for high school students.
“Our goal is to make sure our students are college and career ready when they leave high school. At Barringer S.T.E.A.M., there is a particular focus on directing more students toward science, technology, engineering and math fields which have historically been a difficult fields to break into for minorities,” said Ivory Williams, science instructional specialist at NPS. “Research Week is one way we have tried to expose our students to these opportunities and push them to exploring different career paths.”
For more information on Rutgers Research week visit: http://www.newark.rutgers.edu/events/research-week-2016.