In 2016-2017 Students 2 Science (S2S) entered a formal partnership with the City of Newark and Newark Public Schools to address the needs of the public and private sectors, bringing STEM education and 21st century skill development to all elementary, middle and high school students in Newark. This new venture is a model for the nation in understanding how to create opportunities for all students to compete in a global economy. It puts science and analytical thinking at the forefront. And we could not be more delighted!
“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, biotechnology, but also putting Newark on the map as a place people look for great science education.”
Christopher D. Cerf, Superintendent, Newark Public Schools
“This tremendous educational opportunity for our children will put them on a path toward a brighter future and will help develop the workforce our employers are demanding.”
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka
As STEM advocates and champions, S2S also created a forum for diverse stakeholders to gather and discuss science as a catalyst for how we make informed decisions as global citizens, Americans, and community leaders. During the 2015-2016 academic year, we welcomed our new program “S2S: The Salon” because we believe that discovery and innovation in science encourage us to have educated discussions about our health, energy, investments, and perhaps even how we envision a world where good community partners share and prioritize our limited resources. Leadership and speakers included innovators and visionaries from academia, non-profit, public policy, grass root membership and corporations.
In the same year, S2S officially launched its Virtual Laboratory (V-Lab) program after a successful pilot in the previous academic year. With encouragement and funding from our corporate partners and the support of our STEM role models, we are making a difference in classrooms across the state of New Jersey with a program that has global potential.
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.
Since our founding in 2009, by a group of entrepreneurs whose goal was to inspire students to pursue STEM subjects, S2S has served approximately 15,000 students and used more than 1,000 scientific professionals as volunteer mentors and instructors, consistently achieving a success rate of greater-than- 25% measurable increase in the affinity for pursuing STEM subjects by participating students. Approximately 65% of the students served by S2S come from schools located in underserved school districts, formally known as New Jersey School Development Authority Districts (SDA).