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Media Advisory 11-020

National Convocation Highlights STEM Education and Innovation as Drivers of Long Term Economic Growth and Job Creation

Sept. 19th event at Drexel University in Philadelphia brings together Congressman, government leaders and educators to share effective approaches in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, with more than 30 interactive exhibits showing the latest innovations supporting science teaching and learning

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Photo of a student soldering together a solar-powered robot.

A student participant of GreenFab solders together a solar-powered robot. Supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), GreenFab is a three-year project designed to introduce low-income, minority high-school youth in New York and New Jersey to engineering and technology skill sets used in the sustainable technologies industry.

Located at the Sustainable South Bronx (a community organization dedicated to environmental justice solutions) Fab Lab--an NSF-supported and MIT-designed fabrication laboratory--GreenFab provides students with hands-on experience in digital fabrication, allowing for the prototyping of unique inventions and innovative solutions to community issues. Through the program, students explore how small-scale manufacturing can achieve environmentally innovative solutions to the community's needs.

Additional images of the GreenFab program can be viewed in the Photo Gallery that accompanies the NSF Discovery story "Computer Scientists Bring Digital World to Bronx Kids." Further information about the GreenFab program is available on their website.

Credit: Jonathan Santiago, STEM2GETHER

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