September 11, 2014

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WNY STEM Hub Lauds Emerging STEM School Leaders:

Innovation and Commitment to Learning Cited


Buffalo, New York (September 11, 2014) – At its first meeting in the 2014-15 school year, the WNY STEM Hub recognized 29 school systems in five counties for their commitment to enhancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and related programming. Designated as the Inaugural Class of Emerging STEM School Systems, the criteria was simple: engage students through study and programming. The recognition program was in partnership with Siemens Industry, Inc. represented by Bob Grant, Account Executive.

“These school systems have embraced the importance of STEM education for students of all ages and grade levels,” says Michelle Kavanaugh, Ed.D., facilitator of the WNY STEM Hub. “By creating a culture of STEM learning – in addition to arts education – these schools are establishing an education pipeline to tomorrow’s careers for today’s students. The workforce of the future requires STEM trained and innovation-talented employees with technical skills and creative problem solving acumen to tackle complex challenges.”

Cited were: Buffalo Public Schools; Buffalo Independent Secondary Schools Network; Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES; Cuba-Rushford Central School District; Depew Union Free School District; Diocese of Buffalo Catholic Schools;  East Aurora Union Free School District;  Erie #1 BOCES; Erie #2 BOCES; Fillmore Central School District; Hamburg Central School District; Hinsdale Central School District; Jamestown Public Schools; Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District; Lackawanna City School District;  Lake Shore Central School District; Lancaster Central School District; Lockport City School District;Newfane Central School District;Niagara Falls City School District; North Tonawanda City School District; Orchard Park Central School District; Orleans/Niagara BOCES; Pioneer Central School District; Portville Central School District; Sweet Home Central School District; Tonawanda City School District; West Seneca Central School District; and Williamsville Central School District.

Descriptions of how these districts are highlighting STEM programming in their schools will be posted on the WNY STEM Hub website – – later in September.

The Western New York STEM Hub is one of several hubs that comprise the Empire State STEM Learning Network, coordinated under the SUNY Vice Chancellor’s Education Pipeline initiatives.  The NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences serves as the Hub’s Steward Organization providing facilities, in-kind resources and general support.

Representation includes PreK-12, higher education, business/industry, informal learning environments and professional organization representatives. The network is aligned with efforts to reduce the current STEM skills gap and the impending growth of STEM jobs in the region.  Among the resources it offers are online links to learning tools, STEM job listings, a Calendar of STEM Events, a Speakers Bureau, monthly informational and networking meetings, learning tours and more.

Launched in November of 2013 with a founding committee of more than 20 individuals, the organization has grown to more than 230 members, including its advisory board.  The objectives of the organization are to: continue building a sustainable infrastructure, scale up or renew best practices, support existing economic development initiatives and initiate a signature program such as a regional STEM Trail.  Find information about the Hub’s resources and a list of relevant events at

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