Day after presidential visit, students attend nano-career day at CNSE
President Obama made a stop at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany this week, and as it turns out, more than 300 students from across the state were next on the invitation schedule. Our Vince Gallagher has more.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- On Tuesday, President Obama paid a visit to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany, and the very next day, the guest list continued.
Newburgh School Science Department Chairman Al Romano said, "We bring 30 students here, seventh grade students, for three years in a row now, to expose them to nanoscience technology, to help really help them embed science in their education and explain to them how important science careers are."
The idea is introduce to students to a growing number of nanotechnology-related careers, while promoting science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. It's become an annual tradition, but no one knew it would run so close to the president's schedule.
Romano said, "It's really important, and I'm glad that Barack Obama is really supporting science and math and technology in our country so that our students, our people are ready for the future in this country in those areas."
Whether it was demonstrating contamination through bubbles or electricity through Jell-o, students got a chance to look at the nanotechnology field, something that the president talked about it, and how it has continued to grow in the Capital Region. Educators say we need to keep moving in that very direction.
CNSE Lead Tech Support Steve Stewart said, "We do need to get the education back on track. We do need to provide more jobs at home, more insourcing so they can see there's a chance that I can stay here, I've got something to look forward to."
You could say it's appropriate the nano-career day took place just after President Obama's visit to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, for while he was here he touched upon two important points: creativity in technology and teamwork, both of which can be applied to manufacturing and education.
Stewart said, " Manufacturing is crying for more highly-educated people, and they're seeing it happen here, and that's one of the things, it's a nexus, it brings all those people together for that purpose."
As for the students, they were just as excited to be the second act for the president as they were about the technology.
Student Katelyn Nolan said, "I think it's really cool that he came here because he lives in Washington, and he came all the way here to see us."
Student Aidan Rice said, "It feels good to be in the same place as the president was, to walk in his footsteps."
Getting it down to a science, whether president or pupil.