On Thursday, November 14, Questar III BOCES, Capital Region BOCES and WSWHE BOCES hosted nearly 300 educators and business representatives at the Red Lion Hotel in Albany for the inaugural STEAMing Towards Success conference. The day included 30 breakout sessions on topics including coding, video game development, sustainability, marketing & graphic design, virtual reality and more, as well as a panel discussion with higher education leaders to discuss college pathways and workforce opportunities in STEAM, a speed networking event and a keynote from Clarkson University President Dr. Anthony Collins.
STEAM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics is increasingly becoming more important to the student success both in and out of the classroom. Demands of industry and society depend more and more on the integration of technology, and it is up to educators to ensure students are ready to meet these new demands.
Partnering with business is the best way to ensure this success. When educators continue to collaborate with business professionals, teachers gain first-hand knowledge of what businesses are looking for in employees, how changing technology impacts the way even more traditional jobs are done, and the skills new employees must have to be successful. STEAMing Toward Success brought together secondary educators, professionals from higher education and business to offer a variety of experiences designed to enhance the education-business partnership to benefit students.
We would also like to thank all our sponsors and partners for their support of this event:
BlueShield of Northeastern NY
WB Games NY
BBL Construction Services
NYS Workforce Development Institute
Columbia Economic Development Corporation
NY Independent System Operator
Cusack and Company, CPAs
Capital Region BOCES
University at Albany
Hudson Valley Community College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Questar III’s Jane King was featured on WNYT’s Forum13 speaking about the conference: