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6/23/2014 12:05:00 PM

Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center Announces Partnership with City of Rochester and Nazareth College to Provide a Hands-on, Nanotechnology-Based Education for City Youth

Long-term science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) –focused strategy will
inspire children with cutting-edge concepts at Rochester recreation and community centers

Canandaigua, NY – The newly merged SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) / SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (STC), based in Canandaigua, in collaboration with Nazareth College and the City of Rochester’s Bureau of Recreation, today announced that a series of hands-on, nanotechnology–based educational opportunities for children will be offered at the Carter Street Recreation Center this summer. In addition, starting next year, nanotechnology-themed summer camps are being planned as part of an overall effort to expand STEM-centered learning opportunities in the region, providing young students with the skills necessary to succeed in New York State’s growing high-tech economy.

“Under the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo, nanotechnology-based learning opportunities are flourishing in Rochester and all around New York State. It is important that our children understand what nanotechnology is and how it is shaping their future, and educational programs like these open the doors to the endless possibilities awaiting them,” said Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, Chief Executive Officer and Officer in Charge of the newly merged SUNY CNSE/SUNYIT institution. “We are delighted to partner with the city of Rochester and Nazareth College on this pioneering effort that will further leverage the governor’s START-UP NY initiative to bring exciting, experiential learning directly to young students.”

Recognizing the importance of a science-infused education to meet the needs of 21st Century employers, this partnership will enable school-aged children from the Rochester area to participate in hands-on STEM-related experiments and activities covering topics such as micro- and nanotechnology, forensics, health, and wellness. A series of six sessions will take place over the course of five-weeks, beginning in July. They are free and open to all school-aged children.

Additionally, the newly merged CNSE/SUNYIT STC and Nazareth College are developing plans to hold annual Summer Science Camps at several of the city’s recreation and community centers to provide even more STEM-based learning experiences for students. Beginning in 2015, this effort will further leverage resources deriving from business growth driven by Governor Cuomo’s unique, tax-free STARTUP-NY program to help prepare New York’s future high-tech workforce. The camps will coincide with additional programming at recreation facilities throughout the city where staff members will receive training to reinforce STEM-based concepts throughout the year. An emphasis will be placed on encouraging participation of groups typically underrepresented in STEM fields.

The annual summer camps build upon those that have been held at Nazareth College during the past 12 years. These hands-on, inquiry-based day camps provide science-inspired involvement and utilize well-known themes, such as Harry Potter and C.S.I., to increase student interest. More than 1,500 students have attended the annual camps. Past sponsors providing scholarship funding for disadvantaged youth include the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, the John F. Wegman Fund, the Corning Foundation, and the Xerox Foundation, among others.

“This announcement is a testament to Governor Cuomo’s emphasis on providing students with the skills and confidence they will need to pursue the growing number of opportunities within New York State’s advanced-technology field,” said newly merged CNSE/SUNYIT STC Executive Director Paul Tolley. “With increased interest from companies looking to expand at our site as a result of STARTUP-NY, we are looking forward to even more opportunities to help educate New York’s future workforce. It is truly exciting to partner with both Nazareth College and the City of Rochester to meet this critical need.”

“On behalf of the City of Rochester, we are excited to partner with the newly merged SUNY CNSE/SUNYIT and Nazareth College as we forge a long-term commitment to educate the youth of our city so that they too can experience the state’s growing high-tech career opportunities that are transforming this region,” said Rochester Department of Recreation and Youth Services Commissioner Marisol Ramos-Lopez. “We look forward to offering exciting nanotechnology-based programs at our community centers, and I urge families across the city to involve their children with these fascinating events so they can learn about the science that is driving business growth in this city and beyond.”

“It is our pleasure to collaborate in an expanded fashion with both the newly merged SUNY CNSE/SUNYIT and the City of Rochester to provide these cutting-edge programs to youth who will see a world of possibility as they gain a better understanding of the power and potential of nanotechnology-based learning,” said Nazareth College President Daan Braveman. “These important programs will not only pave the way for a better blend of learning, inclusion, and scientific engagement, but they also serve a larger purpose as they prepare children from Rochester for a pivotal role in New York’s innovation economy.”

The STEM-based learning activities are scheduled to take place at the Carter Street Recreation Center from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8; Thursday, July 10; Thursday, July 17; Thursday, July 31; Tuesday, August 5; and Thursday, August 7.

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About SUNY CNSE. The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) is the world leader in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. CNSE represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, with more than $20 billion in high-tech investments and over 300 corporate partners. The 1.3 million-square-foot Albany NanoTech megaplex is home to more than 3,100 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty. CNSE maintains a statewide footprint, operating the Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI) at Kiernan Plaza in Albany, the Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, the Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility in Rochester, and the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (STC) in Canandaigua. CNSE co-founded and manages the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) at SUNYIT and is lead developer of the Marcy Nanocenter site in Utica, as well as the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Complex, Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub, and Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub. For information, visit www.sunycnse.com.

About SUNYIT
. SUNYIT, the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, is New York’s public polytechnic, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in technology and professional studies. Its academic offerings in technology, including engineering, cybersecurity, computer science, and the engineering technologies, and its programs in professional studies, including business, communication, and nursing, are complemented by athletics, recreational, cultural and campus life programs, events and activities. Founded in 1966, SUNYIT is a unique high-tech learning environment on hundreds of acres, offering degree programs online as well as on campus. The SUNYIT family of alumni now numbers 25,000. For information, visit www.sunyit.edu.

About STC. The Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center (STC) assists small and large companies in transitioning new technologies from concept to manufacturing. STC maintains a 140,000-square-foot facility with over 25,000 square feet of cleanrooms for micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) fabrication and packaging, and works with large and medium-sized companies to help them bring new technologies to market; with small companies ready to transition from prototype and low-volume manufacturing to scalable manufacturing; and as a “Trusted Foundry” with various federal agencies to develop technology solutions to areas of critical national need, including smart prosthetics and improvised explosive device (IED) detection. For more information, visit www.stcmems.com.

About Nazareth College. Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y. challenges and supports 2,000 undergrads and 800 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work. For information, visit www2.naz.edu.

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