May 7, 2015 – BOCES: Southern Tier STEM Hub, Crawford et al

SpeakerSpeaker Tom Mcnair

SpeakerSpeaker Kathy Sheehan

SpeakerSpeaker Ron Crawford

SpeakerSpeaker Melinda Kmetz

SpeakerSpeaker Evan Thorson

SpeakerSpeaker Michael Mathews


Matthew Sheehan & Kialyn Wagner

Main Speakers
Ron Crawford, Senior Manager of Engineering Leadership Development, Lockheed Martin MST in Owego

Melinda Kmetz, Community Outreach Specialist, Broome-Tioga BOCES

Tom McNair, Director of Instructional Programs, Broome-Tioga BOCES

Kathy Sheehan, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Broome-Tioga BOCES

We know firsthand the importance of educating young people in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Our future success — and our nation’s technological advantage — depends on there being a reliable pool of highly trained and technically capable talent.The Eastern Southern Tier STEM Hub is dedicated to making an impact on K-12 Education and our regional workforce by focusing on career pathways in STEM. Come learn about how schools have connected students with businesses and higher education in the past and what our plan is for the future. We hope to provide businesses and higher education partners with easy pathways to connect and join in educating and inspiring youth to navigate their career paths in the STEM. You will walk away with concrete ways to affect change in our community. Join us in informing, inspiring, educating and connecting young people with their future career paths!

Presentation PowerPoint(s)
Eastern Southern Tier STEM Hub


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Binghamton University Downtown Center, Room 228

Speakers – Ron Crawford (Lockheed Martin MST in Owego), Melinda Kmetz (Broome-Tioga BOCES), Tom McNair (Broome-Tioga BOCES), Kathy Sheehan (Broome-Tioga BOCES)

Broome Tioga BOCES – Mike Mathews (Instructor), M. Beaudion, J. Leonard, B. Lewis, J. Bennett, A. Micalizzi, R. Grunder, T. Hope, K. Stainer, M. BliHon, L. Dionne, J. Farrow, Evan J.Thorson (Instructor) A. Moore, A. Simmons, K. Wagner

Attendees – Lisa Altman (Binghamton University), Nancy Coddington (WSKG Public Media), Stacey Duncan (The Agency), Robin Eccleston (Stafkings/STAHR), Jeanne Eschbach (Elmira College), Kathryn Fletcher (Ad Elements), Rebecca Harris (Broome Tioga Workforce NY), Thomas Kowalik (Binghamton University), Tim McGuinness, Dan McCormack (Binghamton University), Dimitra Modlo (Windsor Central School District), Jim Penwell (Streeter Associates, Inc.), Beth Polzin (Binghamton University), William Ritter (SCORE), Karen Slesinsky (Harpursville Central School), Tim Sweeney (Peak Ecommerce), Elizabeth Wavle-Brown (Elmira College), Jennifer Westcott (Whitney Point High School), Laurie Wicks (Maine-Endwell HS)


  • T. Kowalik called the meeting to order and welcomed all attendees. He thanks Corning Inc. for being the generous sponsor of this month’s presentation. He briefly introduced SUNY BEST’s vision and goals, and reminded attendees SUNY BEST is currently seeking sponsors and website champions for future events. T. Kowalik introduced the panelists.
  • Kathy Sheehan opened the presentation with a brief history of BOCES programs involving STEM, including the Schools-to-Careers (STC) Partnership. She discussed the importance of STEM education in the local community, and highlights BOCES’ efforts in forward thinking, and always connecting students and schools with local businesses and organizations. Ron Crawford briefly explained Lockheed Martin’s role in helping STEM Hub come to life.
    • Supplemental Video 1: “Flashback! The Internet in 1995,” NBC News TODAY
    • Supplemental Video 2: “STEM Integration in K-12 Education,” The National Academies
  • Melinda Kmetz shared STEM Hub’s vision and missions. STEM Hub seeks to be “an active partnership of stakeholders from industry, education, government, community organizations and families working cooperatively to forge a rich talent pool to meet the demand for skills in the STEM fields in the Southern Tier region.”
    • Supplemental Video 3: “STEM Interviews,” Eastern Southern Tier STEM Hub
  • 3 STEM Hub projects were highlighted, including testimonies given by students participants. Grants were awarded to local school districts to fund a variety of STEM projects for students, ranging from a mobile science lab to Lego robotics, as well as a mission to Mars. In April 2015, STEM Hub also donated $2,500 to five local teams who traveled to participate in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.
  • Ron Crawford returned to provide the industry perspective for STEM Hub, discussing present and future challenges.
  • Special attention was given to the relationship between Career & Technical Education and STEM. CTE Pathways seeks to keep students engaged and allows them to explore career options while preparing them for college and the workforce.
  • Speakers explored the variety of different programs and projects ongoing with Broome Tioga BOCES and STEM, and highlighted ways for the community to get involved.
  • Extended Q&A session followed.

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room 3Next Meeting
The next meeting will take place on June 4, from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Binghamton University, Downtown Center, Binghamton, New York.

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