pictured above: Lieutenant Governor Hochul with our Girls Coding Project in 2018
On Friday November 9, 2019 Lieutenant Governor Hochul will received the 2019 WNY STEM Advocate Award for her support of programs that support youth education in STEM. Her award will open WNY STEM Hub’s Annual Recognition Program during which schools and educators will also be honored for their achievement in advancing STEM learning. The Recognition Program is part of a daylong event, including workshops, to mark National STEM Day.
The Lieutenant Governor has provided inspirational remarks and visits to WNY STEM Hub programs, including: first generation immigrant girls in the Coding Your Future program, girls involved in The Girls Coding Project and urban youth fabricating prosthetic hands in the Hand in Hand Program. Students are impacted by her encouragement and report increased interest in pursuing STEM careers following her visits.
Students who have access to powerful role models are more likely to influenced in their career decisions based on these experiences. The New York State Department of Labor reports that the median wage of New York State STEM occupations is $74,490 a year, 67 percent higher than the median annual wage of $44,670 for all workers in the state. The Department also reports high demand in Western New York for STEM jobs in: Healthcare, Computers & Mathematics and Business/Finance Operations. Lieutenant Governor Hochul’s advocacy is having a direct impact on preparing the future workforce in Western New York.
About WNY STEM Hub
WNY STEM Hub mobilizes schools and stakeholders to develop, nurture and maximize interest in STEM careers through hands-on, one-of-a kind experiences. WNY STEM is an initiative of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, the UB Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences and the Empire State STEM Learning Network. Its purpose is to the WNY Community to empower students through life changing STEM experiences – such as the award-winning Hand in Hand, Girls Coding, Career Exploration and Take Flight Space Experiments Programs – to tackle careers in science, technology, engineering and math. It is recognized internationally as an ecosystem of the STEM Funders Network and a regional partner of Code.org. Visit wnystem.org for details