Education was the topic most discussed during the Jamestown Strategic Planning and Partnerships Commission meeting last week.
The group of volunteers meet throughout the year to study and discuss various methods of improving life in the community. The group forms smaller "action teams" to progress the goals set forth by the commission. Last week, they invited Peter Beeson to talk about education. Beeson is the director of the county's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - also referred to as STEM - Education Coalition.
The Chautauqua STEM Education Coalition is a partnership of education, business, economic and community leaders focused on enhancing education learning opportunities in Chautauqua County. The coalition was organized as an initiative of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier and Dream It. Do It. Western New York.
The mission is to develop and implement solutions to meet the evolving workforce requirements of the community. The coalition's building process has been borrowed from a model used in Indiana, where it has been used for more than 16 years.
As part of STEM opportunities, Beeson talked about a Science Olympiad that will be launching sometime this year. The event will be held at Jamestown Community College. The countywide competition could have local winners competing in a national contest for college scholarships.
Beeson said events like the Science Olympiad will get students interested in school subjects like math and science because they will be using what they have learned in real-world experiences.