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3D printing mini-courses hosted via live web broadcast

Posted by: on Feb 23, 2015 | No Comments


SUNY New Paltz hosted three “mini-courses” on topics related to 3D printing for a select group of  secondary educators across the state, on Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12, as part of its service as the Mid-Hudson Valley host site for the New York State Master Teachers Program (NYSMTP).

Master Teachers from districts as far as Yonkers attended the courses, which were also broadcast to other Master Teachers across the state using lecture capture technology managed by Instructional Media Services (IMS) at the College.

Daniel Freedman, dean of the School of Science and Engineering and director of the Hudson Valley Manufacturing Center (HVAMC) at SUNY New Paltz

Daniel Freedman, dean of the School of Science and Engineering and director of the Hudson Valley Manufacturing Center (HVAMC) at SUNY New Paltz, presented the first course as an introduction to 3D printing education; Katherine Wilson ’14g (Metal), assistant director of the HVAMC, gave a course on software and computer literacy skills needed to set up a 3D printing build; and Aaron Nelson, support tech with the Digital Design and Fabrication (DDF) program, demonstrated fundamentals of 3D computer-aided design (CAD).

“The staff of the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center is very happy to participate in the Master Teachers Program by sharing our expertise in 3D design and printing,” said Freedman. “We believe that design skills paired with 3D printing will have a wide impact on K-12 education, most immediately in science, technology, math and the arts, but eventually in almost every area. The participants in the Master Teachers program are a great audience to start the discussion on how 3D design and printing can be integrated across the curriculum.”

“The Master Teacher Program allows the state’s best teachers to work together in professional learning teams,” said Michael Rosenberg, dean of the School of Education, whose faculty and staff administer Master Teacher Program courses and programming at New Paltz. “It not only enhances the Master Teachers’ own development, but has an impact on other educators in their districts and assists in developing the next generation of great teachers.”

The Master Teacher Program is an initiative launched by Governor Cuomo in 2013 to partner colleges and universities with K-12 educators in New York in hopes of strengthening and expanding science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education across the state. New Paltz is one of four original SUNY host campuses (along with SUNY Plattsburgh, Buffalo State, and SUNY Cortland). The initiative has since expanded to 10 host campuses.

More information about the NYSMTP is available at

About New Paltz’s 3D Printing Initiative
Since launching the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center in spring 2013, the College’s effort to fuse learning and manufacturing, science and the arts has continued to gain momentum. In February 2014, the College partnered with Brooklyn, N.Y. – based MakerBot, the leading manufacturer of desktop 3D printers, to open the nation’s first MakerBot Innovation Center at SUNY New Paltz. The 3D Printing Initiative received additional funding in fall 2014, including a $10 million NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant to help establish an Engineering Innovation Hub and $850,000 in capital funding for a new 3D Printing Laboratory. In December 2013, the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council and Governor Andrew Cuomo awarded the College $1M in state economic development funds. Currently, the HVAMC is providing digital design and fabrication expertise to about 50 businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the region.  The Center also engages the local community and educates the public about the possibilities of 3D printing. Workshops for K-12 educators have attracted a wide variety of teachers, from art to science, who have an interest in digital design and fabrication and are utilizing these new technologies in their classrooms.

9th Annual New York City FIRST Science and Technology College & Career Expo

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The 9th Annual New York City FIRST Science and Technology College & Career Expo will take place the weekend of March 13-15, 2015. Prospective college students and their parents will have the opportunity to speak with admissions representatives about their respective programs and scholarships, as well as Fortune 500 companies and professional associations about careers in science and technology.

The New York City FIRST Science and Technology College Expo will take place on Friday, March 13 (12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) and Saturday, March 14 (11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.).


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STEP nears 30th anniversary preparing local students for science and technology careers

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STEP gives high school students a chance to do stellar research with academic professionals. These students earned second prize for their science poster sessions at a recent New York State STEP Conference.


STEP students in the Bio Chem labThe New York State Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) has operated through New Paltz’s School of Education since 1986, enriching the math, science and technology skills of more than 120 underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students from local middle and high schools each year.The program is highlighted by seven Saturday Academies, all-day events running once per month from November through May. Educators, advisors and science and technology professionals come together to provide students with academic opportunities, including supervised training in research methods with modern lab equipment, access to internships, test prep and academic and career counseling.Recent examples of STEP course subjects include robotics, 3D replication, infectious disease, mathematical probability and cellular biology. There are chances for learning outside the classroom as well; in spring 2014 students traveled to Apple Pond Farm and Renewable Energy Education Center, where they got a first-hand look at agricultural sustainability technology.

“Our students are so much better prepared to navigate through high school and college than the average student, because they’ve got so much more information,” said Lenore Schulte, STEP project administrator at New Paltz.

More than 60 percent of participating students go on to choose a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) major at college after graduating high school. “It’s nice to see them go on and do well. All of us in the program, we want to see them succeed, and it makes us proud when they do,” Schulte said.

Current students at New Paltz also get the chance to contribute to the program and earn a stipend by conducting or assisting in STEP labs and lessons. The experience offers a chance to gain science education experience that makes a real difference in the community.

“Growing up I attended schools with large student bodies of underrepresented students, which were not getting the funding for resources they needed,” said Ivan Vivar ‘15, a computer engineering major who has worked as a STEP instructor through multiple semesters. “When I came to SUNY New Paltz I realized that many other schools face the same problem. This is why I continue to work with the STEP program: the kids I see come in, I kind of see a version of myself in them. I want to be a role model and show them, ‘I know it’s difficult, I know it’s unfair, but with hard work and determination you can go a long way.’”

About STEP

STEP and CSTEP, which offers similar services to college students, are state-wide programs made possible by a New York State Education Department grant. STEP serves students at over 60 host colleges across New York. Its goal is to encourage participating students to continue their education after graduation in the fields of mathematics, science, technology and/or the licensed professions where minorities are traditionally underrepresented.

STEP activities at New Paltz are supported by the School of Education, by Campus Auxiliary Services, which offers discounted lunches for STEP students during the Saturday Academies, and by the students’ school districts, which provide on-site advising and student transportation to and from campus.

More about STEP is available at the STEP for Leaders Website and at the New Paltz STEP project page.

The School of Education welcomed young, potential students on their visit to campus

Posted by: on Nov 11, 2014 | No Comments

On Wednesday, Oct. 22, SUNY New Paltz welcomed 80 students from George Cooke Elementary School in an effort to give the fifth-graders a close up look at campus life.

Sponsored by the School of Education, the visitation day included a welcome from School of Education Dean Michael Rosenberg,

a visit to the College’s planetarium and lunch in the Hasbrouck Dining Hall.

“It has been our experience that college visitation days serve to motivate young students and inspire creativity as well as the pursuit of an advanced education,” said Rosenberg. “By experiencing firsthand the many attributes of SUNY New Paltz, we believe that young kids in our region will continue to strive and achieve, and ultimately seek to better their lives by attending college.”

The Hudson Valley Writing Project has prepared a writing activity about the planetarium show for the children to enjoy on their hour-long bus ride home. Additionally, the School plans to sponsor another visitation day in mid-November—this time for students apart of the Excelsior Academy at Pine Bush High School.

The Excelsior Academy program offers students the opportunity to gain practical experience and college credits in the areas of literacy, education, medical, law and government. At SUNY New Paltz these students will be attending a planetarium show too as well as visiting the innovation center, taking a tour of campus, and even taking a look at the dorms for a more personal experience.


Leading them throughout the day will be AMP & C-STEP students as well as Ashley Wellington, a current SUNY New Paltz student who was once a part of Pine Bush’s Excelsior Academy.

“We want to show them that they have options,” says Lenore Schulte, Program Administrator at SUNY New Paltz. Schulte believes it is important for the high school students to not only continue their education but understand that it’s actually possible and achievable.

Irene Watts-Politza Recognized by MHSSC

Irene Watts-Politza Recognized by MHSSC

Posted by: on May 9, 2014 | No Comments

We congratulate Irene Watts-Politza, lecturer in the Department of Elementary Education, for receiving the Mid-Hudson School Study Council 2014 Education Leadership Award.

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