O&R Donates $25,000 to STAC for Middle-School Science Camps;
Courses Include Crime Scene Study, Game Theory and Robotics -- Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R) has donated $25,000 to St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC) to provide over the next two years advanced summer science camp programs featuring studies ranging from crime scene forensics to the mathematics of Game Theory to 3-D video game development and 3-D printer robotics fabrication for highly motivated area middle school students.
The donation is part of O&R’s focus on promoting educational initiatives that develop science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning. In June, O&R awarded over $25,000 in grants to 28 STEM programs throughout its service area.
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 in September, meaning students range in age from 11 to 13 years-old.
STAC President Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick, S.C., said, “O&R’s generous gift will provide this group of middle school students a remarkable opportunity to explore their interest in the practices of scientific inquiry at a high level in state-of-the art labs on our campus. Further, these students will be guided in their studies by subject matter experts who are highly skilled at bringing learning to life in an enjoyable and accessible way that is at turns engaging and inspiring.”
O&R President and CEO Tim Cawley said, “This STEM program provides an exciting, hands-on experience that promises to deepen the understanding and knowledge of these students. That comes at an important time in their lives as they begin to think more seriously about the world and their places in it, about their goals and objectives and about their futures.”
St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college, located on 60 acres in Rockland County, N.Y., 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 from across three schools: Arts and Science, Business and Education. The college is recognized by U.S. News and 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 the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and its School of Business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). For more information, please visit (www.stac.edu).