SUNY Nanocollege and School Boards Association Partner to Recognize Innovative Educational Programs Across the State

Nomination process launches for the 2014 “Be the Change for Kids” Innovation Awards

FOR RELEASE:   March 11, 2014

CONTACTS:   David Albert, NYSSBA
(518) 783-3716 |

Jerry Gretzinger, CNSE VP of Strategic
Communications and Public Relations
(518) 956-7359 |

Albany, NY – In accordance with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s vision and strategy for building a world-class nanotechnology workforce in New York, the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) announced that nominations will be accepted for the third annual “Be the Change for Kids Innovation Awards,” which recognize educational programs that help students gain important 21st century learning and career skills.

“As Governor Cuomo continues to build upon New York’s formidable high-tech economy, one of the priorities is to build educational programs that will prepare students for a growing nanotechnology-enabled society,” said CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros. “SUNY CNSE is delighted to again partner with NYSSBA to recognize the outstanding efforts of school districts as they develop and deliver next-generation STEM education and training.”

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have schools from around the state participate in this innovative educational program," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. “This forward-thinking partnership with the CNSE allows us to highlight programs around the state that are setting the stage for our children’s future successes.”

For the third consecutive year, NYSSBA and CNSE have teamed up to present the awards program, which is designed to foster new and exciting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs across the state. Schools will also be rewarded for programs that develop students’ creativity, critical thinking and civic responsibilities.

Three winning school districts will be honored and each will receive $5,000. Students and staff from the award-winning programs will participate in tours and activities at CNSE’s world-class NanoTechnology megaplex in Albany and be honored at NYSSBA’s Annual Convention in New York City in October. Award winners in 2013 were the Broadalbin-Perth, East Syracuse Minoa, and the Warwick Valley school districts.

In addition to describing their educational and/or career training programs, school districts applying for awards should demonstrate how their programs allow other schools to adopt similar curriculum models, provide a lasting impact on students in the district, and focus on career skills that are critical for New York’s emerging workforce.

Invitations have gone out to all school districts and BOCES in the state and award nominations will be accepted through June 2, 2014. The nominations will be reviewed by a statewide panel of judges, with the winners to be announced in September.


About NYSSBA: The New York State School Boards Association represents more than 650 school boards and more than 5,000 school board members in New York. NYSSBA provides advocacy, training, and information to school boards in support of their mission to govern the state's public schools.

About SUNY CNSE. The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) is the world leader in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. CNSE represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, with more than $20 billion in high-tech investments, and over 300 corporate partners.  The 1.3 million-square-foot Albany NanoTech megaplex is home to more than 3,100 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty. CNSE maintains a statewide footprint, operating the Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI) at Kiernan Plaza in Albany, the Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, the Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility in Rochester, and the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (STC) in Canandaigua.  CNSE co-founded and manages the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) at SUNYIT, and is lead developer of the Marcy Nanocenter site in Utica, as well as the Riverbend Green Energy Hub, High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub, and Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub, all in Buffalo. For information, visit


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