HSMC (Hunterdon County, Somerset County, and Mercer County) STEM Ecosystem believes in the foundational principle that communities must come together for the benefit of providing equitable opportunities for all in STEM. The ecosystem is comprised of schools from throughout Hunterdon, Somerset, and Mercer Counties in New Jersey, business industries, higher education institutions, private and public preschools, local arts organizations, environmental education centers, after school and before school providers, and municipal leaders.
All partners will work with the intention to unite efforts for equitable access to early childhood STEM education, communities to impact New Jersey’s STEM workforce gap, and to ensure students have a positive STEM identity. HSMC (Hunterdon County, Somerset County, and Mercer County) STEM Ecosystem members commit to the guiding principles that provide STEM opportunities for all students, support to community leaders, and partnerships between K-12 institutions, higher education institutions and the community at large.
Exxon Mobil: Girls in STEM
In an effort to engage more girls in STEM, Exxon Mobil scientists spend the day with 8th grade girls for a day filled with STEM-tastic learning! Eighth grade student Leah Kemp shared with the School Superintendent, “Most groups say that girls should be involved in [STEM} not just because they’re girls, but because it’s interesting. I’m involved in [STEM] because it’s interesting! I’m involved because I like science and the hands-on approach.” The eighth-grade girls spend the day with engineers to practice their skills at collaboration, problem-solving, brainstorming, with some math, science, creativity, and ingenuity thrown-in.
Siemens Greenpower Racecars
Greenpower Education Trust is a UK based charity with a focus on student discovery of careers in engineering through the excitement of motorsport. Teams of students aged 9 to 25 from across the globe compete at Greenpower events in the UK and other countries including USA, Poland and China. The annual International Final takes place at venues such as the UK’s Silverstone National Circuit and Goodwood Motor Circuit.
HSMC/TCNJ (The College of New Jersey) Free Teacher PDs
HSMC and TCNJ partner for annual free teacher professional development in STEM. Teachers from across the state attend, gaining new insight and understanding, as well as, takeaway lessons to infuse authentic STEM learning in their classrooms.
Pitsco STEM Clubs
Students in grades K-8 are selected to participate in STEM learning clubs, utilizing Pitsco STEM kits, to enrich their general education and provide additional pathways for equitable access to STEM education and learning.
Women in STEM Lunch and Learn
The Lunch and Learn program was co-sponsored by the National Science Honor Society and a Robotics team. Individuals were invited to talk to young girls and teens about STEM careers and the paths they can access to get there.
Hunterdon Robotics believes in sparking interest in STEM at an early age. Over 90% of their alumni have gone on to college in a STEM-related field. This partner group works closely with other local organizations to support numerous STEM clubs.
Girl Scout STEM Night
The Girl Scout STEM event was led by a local Girl Scout Troop. The girls work on their “Robotics” badge and participate in STEM activities and learning events.
Family Maker Night Challenges
These nights are focused on bringing the community together to engage in learning and “making” together. Student agency and leadership from students is promoted through peer leaders. The College of New Jersey and the Robotics Clubs, as well as Women in STEM club members participate.
New Jersey Makers Day
Community members of all ages join together in a fun-filled day with creative hands-on activities with a STEM focus. New Jersey Maker’s Day, held in downtown Flemington, brings together innovation, creativity, and inspires growth in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, math and more. Maker’s Day seeks to enhance community engagement and facilitate connections among New Jersey residents by exploring new and interesting opportunities for community-wide education, entrepreneurship, and hands-on learning experiences.