STEM Day at SUNY Maritime

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, October 27

Grades 7 - 12

  • Print a 3-D robot
  • Build an electric circuit
  • Navigate the East River in an immersive boat simulator

Explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with SUNY Maritime faculty, staff and students.

Students are invited to sign up for any three STEM stations, designed for their age group by experts from Maritime College. All activities are free.

Activities for Grades 7 - 9

  • Aye, aye captain!

Walk in and take the helm of a tugboat in our immersive, interactive Bouchard Transportation Tug and Barge Simulation Center. Steer your tugboat through the East River, and learn to calculate how water changes the way propellors move boats through the water.

Instructor: Jim Rogin, department of professional education and training

  • What's in my water?

Have you ever wondered how much lead is in your water? Bring a sample from home or your school water fountain and find out! Students will be testing water samples for common contaminants.

Instructors: Dr. Kathy Olszewski, chair of the science department, Dr. Caterina Panzeca, vice chair of the marine environmental science program, and Professor David Wickham, senior chemistry lecturer

  • Fun with Numbers

Discover the fun in math calculations. Learn to work with binary numbers, explore the math behind pineapples and flower petals with Fibonacci, and quiz someone else on an expression that you will create.

Instructors: Audrey Gillant, senior math lecturer, and Maranda Miller, assistant director of learning support

  • Marine Science: Billions of Oysters, Marine Life and East River Water quality

Dig in up to your elbows and learn how oysters are bringing life back into the New York Harbor. In this hands-on session, students will explore Maritime College's oyster restoration stations, measure oyster growth, identify East River marine life and test water quality. The stations are part of the ongoing Billion Oyster Project's restoration efforts to bring oysters back and improve the water and habitat quality in the harbor.

Instructors: Rob Crafa, Waterfront director, Alicia Martorella, assistant director of the Waterfront

  • Excellent Excel

Math and data are more than sequences of numbers. They can tell a story, win an argument or reveal undiscovered information. Learn how to make numbers come to life using Microsoft Excel from someone who uses it every day to help the college operate and manage its resources. And yes, this can help you with your math homework!

Instructor: Adria DeFalco, SUNY Maritime chief business officer

  • Power puzzles 

A ship's engine does more than move it through the water - it provides heat, light, refrigeration and plumbing on board. Its controls, valves and pipes come together to form a giant tangram, or puzzle. Put the puzzle together in our immersive engine room simulator to discover how ships create and provide power to all onboard.

Instructor: Aime Carter, engineering lecturer

Activities for Grades 10 - 12

  • Aye, aye captain!

Walk in and take the helm of a tugboat in our immersive, interactive Bouchard Transportation Tug and Barge Simulation Center. Steer your tugboat through the East River, and learn to calculate how water changes the way propellors move boats through the water.

Instructor: Jim Rogin, department of professional education and training

  • Print a Robot - REgistration closed

Learn about 3D printing from concept to fabrication. College engineering faculty will show how consumer-grade 3D printing can be used for rapid prototyping and engineering design with a live demonstration.

Instructor: Dr. Bob Kidd, mechanical engineering professor

  • What's in my water?

Have you ever wondered how much lead is in your water? Bring a sample from home or your school water fountain and find out! Students will be testing water samples for common contaminants.

Instructor: Dr. Kathy Olszewski, chair of the science department, Dr. Caterina Panzeca, vice chair of the marine environmental science program, and Professor David Wickham, senior chemistry lecturer.

  • Harness Electric Circuitry

Assemble, wire and run a small motor using a simple electronic circuit. Students will learn how the small motors found in items like printers and toys work.

Instructor: Dr. Sina Zarrabian, assistant professor of engineering

  • Fun with Numbers

Discover the fun in math calculations. Learn to work with binary numbers, explore the math behind pineapples and flower petals with Fibonacci, and quiz someone else on an expression that you will create.

Instructors: Audrey Gillant, senior math lecturer and Maranda Miller, assistant director of learning support

  • Marine Science: Billions of Oysters, Marine Life and East River Water quality

Dig in up to your elbows and learn how oysters are bringing life back into the New York Harbor. In this hands-on session, students will explore Maritime College's oyster restoration stations, measure oyster growth, identify East River marine life and test water quality. The stations are part of the ongoing Billion Oyster Project's restoration efforts to bring oysters back and improve the water and habitat quality in the harbor.

Instructors: Alicia, Rob

  • Excellent Excel

Math and data are more than sequences of numbers. They can tell a story, win an argument or reveal undiscovered information. Make numbers come to life using Microsoft Excel, learning from someone who uses it every day to keep the college running. Yes, this can help you with your math homework!

Instructor: Adria DeFalco, SUNY Maritime chief business officer

  • Power puzzles 

A ship's engine does more than move it through the water - it provides heat, light, refrigeration and plumbing on board. Its controls, valves and pipes come together to form a giant tangram, or puzzle. Put the puzzle together in our immersive engine room simulator to discover how ships create and provide power to all onboard.

Instructor: Aime Carter, engineering lecturer

Optional Activities for All Ages

Visitors are welcome to spend extra time on campus, exploring what else we have to offer. These activities will begin at 12:30. The last tours leave at 1:30.

  • Explore Campus

Explore SUNY Maritime College's campus and programs with a tour from the Office of Admissions.

Tours leave every half hour beginning at 12:30 p.m. The tour takes about an hour.

  • Tour the Empire State VI

The college Training Ship Empire State VI is a vital part of the education of many Maritime students. It's where they gain the hands-on experience and training that sets the college apart.

Tours leave every half hour beginning at 12:30. The tour takes approximately an hour.

  • Eat on the Mess Deck

Eat lunch in the Mess Deck, the main campus dining hall.
Price: $11 a person (cash only)

Registration information is coming soon