The Science 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.
Tech 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.
The 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.