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O&R Donates $50,000 to STAC Middle School STEAM Camp Program

Aug 27, 2019

O&R Donates $50,000 to STAC Middle School STEAM Camp Program

(Sparkill, NY— August 27, 2019) — On-campus at St. Thomas Aquinas College, 75 middle school students never dreamed they’d spend part of their summer vacation quite like this.

Analyzing blood spatter, processing fingerprints, collecting evidence, identifying suspects and a variety of other crime scene investigation pursuitsa kind of CSI-STACare all just part of the course work in an innovative STAC Summer STEAM camp program for highly motivated middle school students at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill.   

The STAC Summer STEAM program aims to develop in students, the 21st century version of problem-solving, teamwork, collaboration, and communication by making classroom work in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) stimulating, timely and engaging, according to Dr. Suzanne Reynolds, Assistant Dean of STAC’s School of Education and Director of the STAC Summer STEAM program.

Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R) has generously donated $50,000 to St. Thomas Aquinas College to help fund this program over the next two years. O&R also donated $50,000 to support the program through 2017 and 2018.

“We view the elements of this program as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking,” Dr. Reynolds said. “The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process.”

Besides forensics study, other courses in the program include innovative hands-on studies in drone and robotics operation, virtual reality development, mathematics, and art. A new course features developing apps, where students gain hands-on experience by working with Apple’s Software Development Kit (SDK) for iOS and building custom apps for Apple’s best-selling devices. 

O&R’s donation is part of the company’s commitment to promoting educational initiatives that enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning. The STAC program began in 2012 with 26 students recruited from public and parochial schools in Rockland, Northern Bergen, and Southern Westchester counties. The program is offered to students entering grades six, seven, and eight who range in age from 11 to 13 years old.

Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, is a regulated utility. It provides electric service to approximately 300,000 customers in southeastern New York State (where its franchise name is Orange & Rockland) and northern New Jersey (where it’s Rockland Electric Company), and natural gas service to approximately 130,000 customers in New York.
 

STAC Summer Camp students in the forensics lab conducting a mock-investigation, and collecting evidence.

(Sparkill, NY— August 27, 2019) — On-campus at St. Thomas Aquinas College, 75 middle school students never dreamed they’d spend part of their summer vacation quite like this.

Analyzing blood spatter, processing fingerprints, collecting evidence, identifying suspects and a variety of other crime scene investigation pursuitsa kind of CSI-STACare all just part of the course work in an innovative STAC Summer STEAM camp program for highly motivated middle school students at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill.   

The STAC Summer STEAM program aims to develop in students, the 21st century version of problem-solving, teamwork, collaboration, and communication by making classroom work in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) stimulating, timely and engaging, according to Dr. Suzanne Reynolds, Assistant Dean of STAC’s School of Education and Director of the STAC Summer STEAM program.

Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R) has generously donated $50,000 to St. Thomas Aquinas College to help fund this program over the next two years. O&R also donated $50,000 to support the program through 2017 and 2018.

“We view the elements of this program as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking,” Dr. Reynolds said. “The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process.”

Besides forensics study, other courses in the program include innovative hands-on studies in drone and robotics operation, virtual reality development, mathematics, and art. A new course features developing apps, where students gain hands-on experience by working with Apple’s Software Development Kit (SDK) for iOS and building custom apps for Apple’s best-selling devices. 

O&R’s donation is part of the company’s commitment to promoting educational initiatives that enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning. The STAC program began in 2012 with 26 students recruited from public and parochial schools in Rockland, Northern Bergen, and Southern Westchester counties. The program is offered to students entering grades six, seven, and eight who range in age from 11 to 13 years old.

Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, is a regulated utility. It provides electric service to approximately 300,000 customers in southeastern New York State (where its franchise name is Orange & Rockland) and northern New Jersey (where it’s Rockland Electric Company), and natural gas service to approximately 130,000 customers in New York.
 

For more information please contact Annie Lombardi at [email protected]

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s 2,800 full and part time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); and its School of Business is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). For more information, visit www.stac.edu.