Robert Gregory, Interim Superintendent of Newark Public Schools and Paul Winslow, President and Co-founder of Students 2 Science offer reflections on the partnership, student growth and the role of science, as well as the S2S Newark Technology Center as a solution and integral part of elevating the district’s STEM education.
- What is unique about the partnership and the impact it will have on students?
Paul: From the first meeting the organization had, it was apparent that the board of education, district and the Newark community had mutual goals – to simply ensure Newark’s students would be included in a dialogue for 21st century New Jersey STEM careers. We believe that this collaboration laid the foundation for the successful launch of this model. Just two years later, there are over 20 corporate partners and over 10 higher education institutions who will support us in serving more than 32,000 students throughout the Newark Public School system from grades 5-12.
- How does NPS see the S2S Newark Technology Center as a catalyst for change?
Robert: In order for our students to compete in a global economy, we need to educate and inspire them to the vast potential that awaits them in the various STEM careers. S2S does exactly that. We believe that no other program in the country exposes students in a modern and contemporary way to solve real-world problems such as food scarcity, water pollution, pandemics, and others. These are critical issues our students will grapple with over their lifetime and S2S shows them that they can be part of the solution through STEM careers. This motivation, I believe, is a game changer for our students. I’m happy to continue the work started by past Superintendent Chris Cerf.
- What is the impact S2S can have as a national model on authentic STEM education and urban community development?
Paul: S2S is a convener. We are here to serve as a bridge between the public and private sector. Our corporate partners unanimously are seeking a ready workforce connected to the skills and high demand careers throughout the state of New Jersey and across the country. We understand the skills needed and teach students through modern technologies, role models and experiences that bring STEM to life. Also, our corporate partners are committed to Newark students and the community through nurturing their passion for science from the first experiment to a thriving career in one of New Jersey’s many STEM companies.
- How do you see S2S as a Change Agent for the future of STEM?
Robert: The S2S Newark Technology Center serves as a hub for STEM stakeholders from all sectors including students, teachers, parents, and industry leaders, to celebrate continued innovation in STEM education. Hands on access and experience will allow our audiences to solve issues by finding solutions themselves.
- What are the three adjectives to describe this national model and partnership with NPS?
Click here to watch remarks by Dr. Paul Winslow at the opening celebration of the S2S Newark Technology Center on May 7, 2018.
Click here to watch remarks by Mr. Robert Gregory at the opening celebration of the S2S Newark Technology Center on May 7, 2018.