Today, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña joined students from the Bronx and Queens for a visit to the NYC Center for Aerospace and Applied Mathematics (Space Center).
Housed in a school building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the DOE-run Space Center hosts students in grades K through 12 daily for realistic space and flight simulations in its “Challenger Learning Center” and “NASA Aerospace Education Laboratory.” Through these hands-on learning activities, students take their math and science learning to new heights and work together to solve problems. The Space Center offers single-day class visits; week-long camps over spring break and during the summer; in-school and after-school programs in aviation, engineering, and robotics; and professional development for New York City teachers.
On her visit, Chancellor Fariña joined:
“It’s amazing to watch students’ learning come to life in our Space Center,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “The emphasis on hands-on activities and collaboration engages students from K-12 in STEM subjects, and it creates excitement that they take back to their schools and classrooms after they visit. Our investments in the Space Center are encouraging students to explore STEM, major in STEM subjects in college, and pursue STEM careers.”
In 2016-17, the Space Center hosted 360 class trips and 9,600 students from across all five boroughs. In addition to the Center’s approximately $330,000 annual operating budget, the City is investing approximately $1 million in upgrades – including the new planetarium, new 3-D printers and flight simulators, and a “Planet Mars” simulation room where students can experience the red planet. Aligned to the City’s Equity and Excellence for All education agenda, Space Center staff are also collaborating closely with the DOE’s Math Department to better incorporate math concepts into lessons and simulations, including a new data collection component of the “Junior Aviators” program for 2nd graders and a new method for calculating the force of lift in the “Aeronautics: Weather” program for 6th graders.