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Bicycles provide pathways to STEM careers

Bicycles provide pathways to STEM careers

Noemi Waight, pictured second from right, and her team work with local ninth and tenth graders as part of their STEMcyclists program – an interactive…

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Noemi Waight, pictured second from right, and her team work with local ninth and tenth graders as part of their STEMcyclists program – an interactive cycling program that provides a unique look into the biomechanics and science and engineering principles of bikes and bicycle riding. Photo: Douglas Levere

Noemi Waight (second from right) and her team work with local ninth and 10th graders as part of their STEMcyclists program. Photo: Douglas Levere

Published October 13, 2023 “While we are kick-starting this program here in Buffalo, there’s so much potential for it to be to be initiated in so many other parts of the country as well as other countries. ”

A program using bicycles as an innovative way to get kids interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has received a nearly $2 million National Science Foundation grant to ensure the practice continues.

Noemi Waight, associate professor of learning and instruction in the Graduate School of Education, and her team established STEMcyclists — a science and engineering summer cycling program where students learn the science, engineering principles and biomechanics of bikes and bike riding.

“All of us in the Graduate School of Education are grateful and delighted that the National Science Foundation selected STEMcyclists for funding. In keeping with UB’s commitment to bring the benefits of our research and scholarship to bear on the communities we serve, this project, spearheaded by Dr. Noemi Waight, uses an innovative approach to excite Buffalo high schoolers about STEM opportunities,” says Suzanne N. Rosenblith, dean […]

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