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Published March 26, 2019

Science Exploration Day at UB promotes STEM learning

Encouraging local high school students to continue STEM studies

Science Exploration Day welcomed hundreds of Western New York’s most promising STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) high school students to UB on March 20, 2019.  Rodney Doran, professor emeritus from the Department of Learning and Instruction, has served on the event’s planning committee for 33 years.

The goal of this event is to encourage local high school students to continue their science studies. “Throughout the presentations, these outstanding students will hear the same messages: Science is everywhere. Scientists and engineers work in teams. Scientists and engineers take advantage of many different technologies,” said Doran.

Professionals from science, engineering and health care fields offered insights for the next generation of scientists, as well as everyday citizens who will be impacted by science during their lifetime. The seminars, many of which were innovative and offbeat, provided hands-on, accessible experiences on popular science topics.

Presentations during Science Exploration Day included “Science in Your Life (That you probably never think about!),” “Exploring the Human Brain,”  “Colorful Coral Reefs,” “Really Gross Anatomy and Physiology,” “Electrical Engineering: Interactive Tour with Hands-on Participation” and a tour of UB’s earthquake simulator.

The event was a collaborative effort between Western New York educators and a variety of organizations. Presenters came from UB and area colleges and universities, and local industries, research laboratories, government agencies and health care services. Group presentations were also led and assisted by graduate students.

The Graduate School of Education was a co-sponsor, along with the University at Buffalo, College of Arts and Sciences, Instructional Technology Services, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Great Lakes Program, New York Sea Grant, Niagara Frontier Science Supervisors Association, and COSEE Great Lakes (Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence).

“In addition to our sponsors, we exist because of the cooperation of UB faculty and the hard work of a committee of local teachers and supervisors,” said Doran. “As a result, we’re able to provide an experience that benefits our youth and our community.”

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