May 05, 2008 12:05 ET

"i3" Exploration Continues for Newark Students

Over 2,000 Students and Families Turn Out in Support of STEM Education in New Jersey

JERSEY CITY, NJ--(Marketwire - May 5, 2008) - More than 2,000 Newark school students and families gathered at Liberty Science Center to explore new exhibits and participate in hands-on activities at the latest "i3 -- Invest. Inspire. Imagine." experience. During Wednesday night's Newark Community Evening, the Science Center and ETS offered a five-hour learning adventure aimed at encouraging students to pursue academic study and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Building on the success of the "i3" kickoff in November 2007, the evening is one of several planned throughout 2008 to complement policy reform efforts underway in New Jersey aimed at raising awareness for STEM fields.

At the opening ceremony, former First Lady of New Jersey Lucinda Florio, a board member of the Science Center, introduced several distinguished educators who spoke about the need for school programming specific to the STEM fields. The speakers highlighted the fact that most minority students do not even consider careers in these fields.

"STEM deficiencies are a national problem affecting all socioeconomic and ethnic groups, but the shortfall is particularly detrimental to minority students and communities, with repercussions for the larger society," said David Payne, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of the ETS Higher Education and School Assessments Division.

Payne added that STEM programming like the "i3" evening will have a local influence on students' career choices, but the overall increase in STEM graduates and professionals will have a national and global effect on how the United States positions itself in the current and future global society.

"Successful societies are those that make the best use of their resources," he said. "And our country needs to focus on the unlimited brainpower and potential of our children."

His comments were echoed by Newark Public School Superintendent Marion Bolden.

"Parents, I urge you to get your children interested in the sciences," said Bolden, noting that she chose mathematics as a major in college. "Mathematics is a wonderful career, especially for young women. I urge all the ladies out there to consider a scientific field of their choice."

Throughout the evening, students became active participants in over 20 scientific presentations brought to them by Science Center representatives. Activities ranged from geology and meteorology to forensics and environmental testing.

STEM disciplines are used throughout business to provide insight, increase productivity and improve technical capabilities. ETS's vision is to promote educational opportunity and competitiveness in the global marketplace. This on-going campaign targets New Jersey schools where Science Center professionals will offer fourth- through eighth-grade students an exploratory look into the fascinating world of STEM-related careers. Later in the year, ETS will hold a culminating program to discuss the initiative and its effectiveness in promoting STEM education. For more information on how ETS applies expertise in the STEM fields please visit

For more information on upcoming events and programs at Liberty Science Center please call (201) 200-1000 or visit

About ETS

ETS is a nonprofit institution with the mission to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research, and related service for all people worldwide. In serving individuals, educational institutions, and government agencies around the world, ETS customizes solutions to meet the need for teacher professional development products and services, classroom and end-of-course assessments, and research-based teaching and learning tools. Founded in 1947, ETS today develops, administers, and scores more than 50 million tests annually, in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. Additional information is available at

About Liberty Science Center

Liberty Science Center is an innovative learning resource for lifelong exploration of nature, humanity and technology, strengthening communities and inspiring global stewardship. It is not just a science center, but a globally minded science resource for living, learning, working in and caring for our region. Bold in approach, the Center serves as a catalyst for events that advance the realm of science, technology and society -- locally, nationally and internationally. Additional information is available at

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Jason Baran
    (609) 683-2428

    Dina Schipper
    (201) 253-1278