HSMC Tri-county STEM Ecosystem Consortium

Hunterdon County, Somerset County, and Mercer Counties, New Jersey

About

HSMC (Hunterdon County, Somerset County, and Mercer County) Tri-county STEM Ecosystem Consortium believes in the foundational principle that communities must come together for the benefit of providing opportunities for all in STEM. The ecosystem will bring together multiple superintendents of schools from throughout Hunterdon, Somerset, and Mercer Counties in New Jersey.

Additional support will come from 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 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) Tri-county STEM Ecosystem Consortium members will commit to guiding principles that will provide STEM opportunities for all students, support to community leaders, and partnerships between K – 12 institutions and higher education institutions.

Key Programs

Exxon Mobil: Girls in STEM – In an effort to engage more girls in STEM, 8th grade girls spend the day with Exxon Mobil scientists and engineers to practice their skills at collaboration, problem-solving, brainstorming, with some math, science, creativity, and ingenuity thrown-in. Eighth grade student Leah Kemp shared with the School Superintendent, “”I’m involved because I like science and the hands-on approach.”” ​

New Jersey Makers Day – 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.

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 about STEM careers.

Hunterdon Robotics – Hunterdon Robotics believe 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 work closely with other local organizations to support numerous STEM clubs.

Family Science Nights – All families in the areas are invited to participate in robot builds, demonstrations, hands-on STEM activities and take-home robotics builds.

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.

Maker’s Nights – 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.

Partners

In alphabetical order:
1. Borough of Flemington Council
2. Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
3. Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschool
4. Hunterdon County Executive County Superintendent, Juan Torres
5. Hunterdon County, New Jersey School Superintendents
6. Flemington-Raritan Regional School District
7. Greater Raritan Workforce Development Board
8. Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce
9. Hunterdon County YMCA 10. Media Tech Foundation
11. NJ Commissioner of Education, Dr. Lamont Repollet
12. Raritan Valley Community College
13. Rider University
14. The College of New Jersey
15. Hunterdon County, New Jersey School Superintendents