continued The school district is also expanding STEM opportunities beyond the high school with a new fifth-grade enrichment program in collaboration with Time Warner Cable and the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology that focuses on STEM teaching and learning.
“Our goal is to continue to push the experience down into elementary schools,” said Dragone.
Murray said Ballston Spa’s efforts to get high school students into a college and workforce environment is the right step.
“This is kind of the maiden voyage,” said Murray. “I look forward to the day … it becomes a genuine resource for high schools all across the Capital District where young men and women can take advantage of that research and learn about this technology and generally get excited about the possibilities.”
The emphasis is on STEM for educational transformations, said Murray, but liberal arts students are equally suited for careers in clean and nano technology.
“I talk to managers of these companies and they’ll tell you the skill they crave more than anything else is young men and women who can actually write,” said Murray. “It makes no difference how much you may know about a particular technology; if you can’t find a way to convey that knowledge, you’re limited in the capacity to grow.”
The WMHT program can be viewed online at www.innovationtrail.org/post/innovation-conversation-transforming-tech-valley.