Catherine “Kit” Nugent
Vice President, External Engagement
973-947-4880 x 511
Students 2 Science, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) model program in New Jersey that bridges the needs of the public and private sectors. Our mission is to inspire, motivate, and educate elementary, middle and high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM subjects). We do so by providing an authentic, state-of- the-art laboratory experience complete with modern instrumentation and professional scientists. Additionally, we offer remote, web-based virtual STEM experience that eliminates geographic and language constraints and broadens our reach to serve a wider audience. Teams of students, working collaboratively with scientific professionals who serve as role models, solve real life problems while being introduced to a wide variety of 21st century STEM career opportunities.
What our administrators and teachers are saying about our work:
“S2S’s (V-Lab) provides an opportunity for our students to interact with the content in relevant and innovative ways. Students are exposed to cutting edge scientific technology and investigations that foster analysis, communication, collaboration, and deep thinking about the impact of science on our everyday lives.”
“Today was a great experience. I had an opportunity to use tools and technology that are used in the labs. Working with scientists was fantastic and I observed philosophy students using thinking skills without realizing that they were stretching their own brains. The professional development opportunities were terrific for idea generation and confirmation of the philosophy that we teachers use.”
“Students 2 Science (S2S) is a model program and is unique in its offering and in its ability to bring increased collaboration between the public and private sectors. Our students in New Jersey benefit greatly from their S2S experience and are inspired by the opportunity it provides. I am so proud of this unique New Jersey offering. And congratulate those who make it happen.”
Look for more press coming soon on our partnership with the City of Newark and Newark Public Schools.
S2S, the City of Newark, and Newark Public Schools have embarked on a remarkable new partnership to take our services district-wide and reach over 35,000 Newark students in the next 5 years. The focal point of this new venture (an $8 million capital campaign) would be a S2S sister site of 10,000 square feet in downtown Newark—a technology center outfitted with four million dollars of state-of-the-art commercial equipment. This innovative, collaborative project will receive program expertise and in-kind donations of equipment from S2S. Financing for the project will come from a diversified funding stream from a combination of public and private funders.
Through this project, we will be able to provide district-wide live and virtual labs, offering students in elementary, middle and high school the opportunity to do hands-on, project-based learning with PhD scientists. We will also provide professional development and technical assistance for teachers in STEM. Both in-lab and in-class instruction will include mentoring, teacher support, and rigorous science education compatible with the Next Generation Science standards.
This project will bring live and virtually delivered science instruction to over 35,000 students throughout the City of Newark.
We will implement a district-wide, highly interactive communication platform which enhances teacher-to-teacher, teacher-to-parent, and teacher-to-student interaction. The platform will facilitate professional development and provide improved technical assistance for teachers district-wide.
Here’s what leaders in Newark are saying about this project:
“Our goal is to make students in Newark the best scientific thinkers in the country. With this innovative partnership, we will do just that — not only providing better careers for students in fields like engineering and biotechnology, but also putting Newark on the map as a place people look to for great science education.”
“This tremendous educational opportunity for our children will put them on a path for a brighter future and will help develop the workforce our employers are demanding.”
For more good news about S2S, see our recent Press Releases