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May, 7, 2018

S2S Newark Technology Center Opens


(Left to right) Dr. Paul A. Winslow, President and Co-founder, Students 2 Science; U.S. Senator, the Honorable Cory Booker; and Maurice Minott, scholar at Eagle Academy Newark, at the opening celebration of the S2S Newark Technology Center

The S2S Newark Technology Center, designed to engage Newark students in rigorous science learning opportunities and in authentic, high-demand STEM careers, had its opening celebration on May 7, 2018, with U.S. Senator Cory Booker as featured guest. A formal partnership between the Newark Public Schools, the City of Newark and S2S, the Center is created to inspire and motivate elementary school students, and continue to build on that experience through high school. By making STEM education and 21st century technical skill development a priority in Newark, we will ensure that all vulnerable children are part of the dialogue and future workforce of the 21st century obtaining global competencies.

The 10,000-square-foot scientific lab is outfitted with $4 million worth of donated scientific instrumentation where volunteer scientists and STEM professionals work alongside students in six commercial quality labs for middle school and high school students to visit. Two V-Labs bring hands-on learning into the classroom and enable students to learn with the support of highly qualified S2S staff. This communications platform, developed in partnership with Connectivity, is available in 200 spoken languages, with interpreters on demand.

Through this project, we will be able to provide district-wide live and virtual labs, offering students in elementary, middle and high school the opportunity to do hands-on, project-based learning with PhD scientists. We will also provide professional development and technical assistance for teachers in STEM. Both in-lab and in-class instruction will include mentoring, teacher support, and rigorous science education compatible with the Next Generation Science standards.

This project will bring live and virtually delivered science instruction to over 32,000 students throughout the City of Newark.

S2S serves as a bridge and collaborative partner between the public and private sectors. The S2S Newark Technology Center was made possible because of the support of many extraordinary individuals, corporations, foundations and public partners. For a full list of the supporters of the Center, please click here.

Here’s what local and state leaders are saying about this project:

“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 and biotechnology, but also putting Newark on the map as a place people look to for great science education.”

—Christopher D. Cerf, Former Superintendent, Newark Public Schools

“This tremendous educational opportunity for our children will put them on a path for a brighter future and will help develop the workforce our employers are demanding.”

—Ras Baraka, Newark Mayor

“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.”

—Robert Gregory, Interim Superintendent, Newark Public Schools

“This incredible program, under extraordinary leadership, with a community of commitment…all of us coming together to do the best thing to secure a great future, which is to empower the genius of our children .”

—Cory Booker, U.S. Senator

Press Coverage on the S2S Newark Technology Center Opening:

PBS.org: Students 2 Science sees untapped potential in Newark schools

FIOS1News NJ: Tech Center for Newark Opens

NJTV News: Students 2 Science sees untapped potential in Newark schools

Tap into Newark: Senator Booker and Mayor Baraka laud Newark STEM education program

ROI-NJ: Science and tech center for Newark students opens

Newark Public Schools -YouTube: Students 2 Science Opens at Newark Public Schools Central Office!

NJ Business Magazine: STEM Education Lab Opens in Newark

NJ Biz:

Panasonic, PSE&G helping S2S Newark push STEM

S2S Newark Technology Center opens

MC Morrow Reports: State-of-the-art STEM education laboratory opens in Newark

PR News Wire: U.S. Senator Cory Booker And Newark Mayor Ras Baraka Unveil Students 2 Science’s New State-Of-The-Art STEM Education Laboratory In The Heart Of Newark

What administrators, teachers and strategic partners are saying about our work:

 “S2S’s (V-Lab) provides an opportunity for our students to interact with the content in relevant and innovative ways. Students are exposed to cutting edge scientific technology and investigations that foster analysis, communication, collaboration, and deep thinking about the impact of science on our everyday lives.”

—Kathleen Tierney, Interim Principal at Science Park High School

 “Today was a great experience. I had an opportunity to use tools and technology that are used in the labs. Working with scientists was fantastic and I observed philosophy students using thinking skills without realizing that they were stretching their own brains. The professional development opportunities were terrific for idea generation and confirmation of the philosophy that we teachers use.”

—Dana Chapman, Teacher, GW Carver School

“Students 2 Science (S2S) is a model program and is unique in its offering and in its ability to bring increased collaboration between the public and private sectors. Our students in New Jersey benefit greatly from their S2S experience and are inspired by the opportunity it provides.  I am so proud of this unique New Jersey offering. And congratulate those who make it happen.”

—Debbie Hart, President & CEO, BioNJ