and Technology Enrichment Program (STEP) at the University at
Buffalo provides students with vital exposure to the technical and
licensed professions. Students experience ongoing academic
instruction, seminars and immersive field trips that provide
hands-on experience for many high-powered careers.
Savvy is a daylong science, technology, engineering, and math
(STEM) career conference designed to attract girls to these fields
and to inform families about STEM education and careers. Tech Savvy
was founded in 2006 by the AAUW Buffalo (NY) Branch, under the
leadership of then-branch president and Praxair employee Tamara
Brown (ME Chemical Engineering, 2003). With the support of Praxair
and community groups, this annual event has become a huge success,
serving upwards of 700 girls and 200 parents each spring at the
University at Buffalo.
Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP) is
led by UB and includes as core partners the Buffalo Public Schools,
Buffalo State College and the Buffalo Museum of Science. Supporting
partners include Praxair Technology, Inc., Roswell Park Cancer
Institute, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, the
Western New York Service Learning Coalition, and the Buffalo Public
Schools District Parent Coordinating Committee. The focus of ISEP
is the critical middle school experiences of students in science
and engineering as they transition to high school.