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July 25, 2013

Middle schoolers attend Go STEM Summer Institute


According to Bill Pietraface, SUNY Oneonta Biology Professor (retired) and program coordinator of the Go STEM Institute, “The pre-service teachers and current teachers offered a fun-filled experience for the students in a relaxed setting that provided a perfect environment for learning about the science of food.”

The releases said the Institute also incorporated the expertise of area business leaders who lead demonstrations and hands-on activities in the making of some of the students’ favorite foods. Audrey Benkenstein, program services manager for CDO Workforce and the CDO STEM Leadership Council co-chairwoman said, “Students were given a unique opportunity to learn practical applications of their academic subjects from people who also taught them about valuable careers in the local area.”

Benkenstein said that the Go STEM Institute is made possible in large part by the generous support of business representatives on the council and community partners who donated funding, supplies and much needed time and energy.

“Without the support of Time Warner Cable – Connect A Million Minds, the Otsego County Industrial Development Agency, Corning Foundation, Unalam, ACCO Brands, Raymond Corporation, the Catskill Regional Teachers Center and SUNY Oneonta, the Institute would not exist,” she said in the release.

To find out more about the CDO STEM Leadership Council, visit their website at

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