Tag Archives: Stem

Ying TRSEF Maker Hall At The Duck Race To End Racism – Saturday, 11 June 2016

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

This in from the TACNY email list. This event drew several hundred people last year and continues to grow – and note that CNYO members will be in attendance with solar scopes!

Family Event For 1000-1500 With Hands-On
Science, Technology, Engineering And Math Fun


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When: Saturday, June 11, Noon-4:00pm
Where: Inner Harbor, Syracuse (off W. Kirkpatrick)
Who: Ages 5-95
Why: Bring your friends and family because adventures in science and engineering are crazy fun!
More info: www.interfaithworkscny.org/event/duck-race-to-end-racism/

* Ying TRSEF has a free bag to carry your fossils and other treats.
* Byrne Dairy gives everyone free ice cream!
* NASA’s Solar System Ambassador Damian Allis will join us for the day as well!

Want even more fun? VOLUNTEER as an Adventure Host or Assistant! We have NASA and other kits, and you get a free t-shirt and free lunch, plus the joy of playing all day! Click here for updates, samples of our kits, and online registration.

CNY STEM Connection Website Announcement – C&S/Carrier Scholarship Opportunities – Deadline 18 May 2016

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

This in recently from the TACNY email list. For more information and the application forms, check out www.cnystem.com/students-parents/scholarship-applications.html.

Do you know a high school senior planning to attend Onondaga Community College? Will they be pursuing a degree in STEM? If so – check this out!!

C&S/OCC Scholarship

The C&S Companies offer $4,000 for students majoring in the fields of engineering science, architectural, environmental, electrical engineering, fire protection, or mechanical technology.

Eligibility Criteria:

* Cumulative average of 85 or higher
* Major in a STEM field & remain in that major
* Participation in at least one summer internship

Carrier/OCC Scholarship

Carrier is excited to offer two $4,000 scholarships to students pursuing two year college degrees in technology and engineering programs at Onondaga Community College. Carrier is committed to developing the Syracuse engineering technology talent base, as we continue to develop products that enable us to be our customers’ first choice.

Eligibility Criteria:

* Cumulative average of 80 or higher
* Major in a STEM field & remain in that major
* Participate in a Carrier summer internship as available, pending business conditions.
* For more information and application: OCC Scholarship application

Technology Alliance of Central New York

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the nonprofit Technology Alliance of Central New York’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York.

For more information about TACNY, visit www.tacny.org.

TACNY Maker Hall At Dr. King Community Day, 30 January 2016 – CNYO Members Welcome To Join In!

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

CNYO will once again be running an astronomy and space science booth at this year’s TACNY Maker Hall on January 30th. I welcome anyone who wants to sign up through the yingtrsef.org links below and hang out to talk astronomy, demonstrate telescopes, keep track of my Mars and Ceres (and other) rocks, etc. If you’ve interest in attending, please drop me a line at and then fill out the registration info (below). We’ll plan the number and busy-ness of the booth pending interest.

* Maker Adventures Info: www.yingtrsef.org/makeroverview/
* Volunteer Registration: www.yingtrsef.org/maker-hall-volunteer-registration/

Details below from the official TACNY email announcement.

2016 TACNY Maker Hall @ Dr. King Community Day

The 2016 TACNY Maker Hall joins the Dr. King Community Day on January 30th! We are looking for individuals and organizations to volunteer their talents to run Adventure Stations. For two years, this well-known Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) outreach program has gathered over 300 Makers of all ages. The more volunteers, the more varied and engaging the event becomes!

What? TACNY Maker Hall at the Dr. King Community Day

When? Saturday, January 30, 2016
* 09:00a-12:30p Set up by Adventure Hosts, then lunch and time to explore the Maker Hall
* 12:30p-02:30p Families play in the Maker Hall
* 02:30p-04:00p Clean up

Everyone is invited to the Dr. King Unsung Heroes ceremony and the meal to follow!

Where? Syracuse City School District (location TBD)

Who? All ages, pre-K through senior citizens

Why? Because STEM is FUN!

2016jan12_mlk_fairAdventure Hosts can use existing “station kits” or you can come up with your own Adventure ideas that can me later used for year-round exploration by CNY schools, libraries and youth organizations. Maker experiences create inexpensive and fun windows into a variety of STEM fields. Children, teens and adults discover the importance of STEM as they play!

If you or your organization is interested in supporting this highly deserving STEM outreach program, please reply or email with your list of volunteers and your Adventure Station idea no later than January 8th, 2016. Space is available on a first come, first served basis. Can’t make it? Donations are welcome (TACNY is a 501(c)(3) organization) so we can expand access to Maker experiences and the fascinating world of STEM!

NYS STEM Incentive Program – 2016 Announcement

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

A reproduction of the key info from the Higher Education Services Corporation NYS STEM Incentive Program is below. This is, hopefully, the most useful post to the CNYO website this year – with thanks to Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli for sending out flyers about this announcement.

The NYS STEM Incentive Program provides a full SUNY tuition scholarship to the top 10 percent of students in each NYS high school if they pursue a STEM degree in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program and agree to live in NYS and work in a STEM field in NYS for five years after graduation.


An applicant must:

  • be a legal resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • be a high school senior/recent high school graduate who will be enrolled full time at a SUNY or CUNY college, including community colleges and the statutory colleges at Cornell University and Alfred University, beginning in the fall term following his or her high school graduation;
  • be ranked in the top 10 percent of his/her high school graduating class of a NYS high school;
  • be matriculated in an undergraduate program leading to a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics at a SUNY or CUNY college;
  • earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher each term after the first semester;
  • execute a service contract agreeing to reside and work in NYS for five years in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. View the terms and conditions of the service contract;
  • not be in default on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or repayment of any state award; and
  • be in compliance with the terms of any service condition imposed by a state award.

Students matriculated in these programs of study may be eligible for a STEM Incentive Program award. The program of study must result in an approved occupation.

Award Amounts

A recipient receives an annual award for full-time study equal to the annual tuition charged to NYS resident students attending an undergraduate program at the State University of New York (SUNY), or actual tuition charged, whichever is less. For the 2015-2016 academic year, the Standard SUNY Tuition Rate was a maximum of $6,470 per year.

The STEM Incentive Program award will be reduced by the amount of any other tuition-only assistance award, such as the NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), received.

Note: Any award payment received may have tax implications. Any questions regarding this should be directed to a tax professional, the Internal Revenue Service, or the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance.


A recipient is entitled to an annual award for not more than four academic years of full-time undergraduate study while matriculated in an approved program leading to a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics or five years if the program of study requires five years.

How to Apply

The application deadline for the 2015 STEM Incentive Program has passed.

The application for 2016 graduating high school seniors will be available in January 2016.


A recipient is not required to submit another NYS Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Incentive Program Web Application once awarded this scholarship, but must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Payment of State Grants, Scholarships and Awards Application each year to receive payment.

Awards will be paid directly to the colleges on behalf of students upon the successful completion of each term. Successful completion of a term means the applicant meets all of the eligibility requirements for the award.

Frequently Asked Questions

View commonly asked questions pertaining to STEM.


Please contact the HESC Scholarship Unit at scholarships@hesc.ny.gov or 1-888-697-4372 with questions about this Program.

Application Process Now Open For Project ENGAGE On The Syracuse University Campus, Summer 2015

Greetings fellow astrophiles (and especially readers who know any female STEM enthusiasts currently in middle school),

CNYO is pleased again to help spread the word about Project ENGAGE, a great two-session summer immersion course on the SU campus designed to introduce middle school girls to real world science and engineering (and practicing scientists and engineers). Details from the program announcement, as well as the selection criteria and application forms, are provided below.

Two weeks, two programs, two life-changing opportunities for the next generation:

Week 1, July 5-10: Sustainability and Alternative Energy (7th grade graduates)

Week 2, July 12-17: Biomedical Engineering: Bridging the Technology-Medicine Gap (8th grade graduates)

2015jan13_projectengageIt is with great pleasure that I invite middle schools throughout the region to nominate up to four middle school girls (two – 7th graders and two – 8th graders) for an exciting opportunity at Syracuse University (SU) this July. Project ENGAGE is a successfully piloted and run engineering immersion program for girls who have a wide range of interests and demonstrated abilities across several academic areas. While living at SU, the participants will explore the breadth of topics engineers address within the focus area, gain important problem-solving skills and benefit from the experience of successful female engineers and other role models. The summer program includes mini-courses, readings and discussion, projects, field trips and hands-on learning alongside accomplished female engineers, college professors, and middle school teachers and college students.

Project ENGAGE is limited to a small number of qualified young women who are selected through a highly competitive process for each of the two program weeks, not all nominated students will be accepted into the program. Please look over the attached criteria before you nominate students. The John Ben Snow Foundation and Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science support project ENGAGE 2015. The cost of the program for accepted students is $400 and full scholarships are available.

Download: 2015 Project ENGAGE Criteria (pdf)

The application package is attached as both a pdf and as a word document formatted to accept typed in answers, and additional information is available through the Project ENGAGE website. Completed applications must be postmarked by March 6, 2015.

Download: 2015 Project ENGAGE Application (docx)

Download: 2015 Project ENGAGE Application (pdf)

For additional information please contact: Project ENGAGE at (315) 443-0466 – The College of Engineering and Computer Science, Syracuse University, 223 Link Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244 or E-mail projectengage@syr.edu.