DR. STEPHEN J. FARENGA
Recipient, "2014 Outstanding Advocate for Science & Technology Award"
The Science Museum of Long Island recently named Dr. Stephen J. Farenga as a recipient of a 2014 OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY AWARD. Dr. Farenga will be honored on Wednesday, April 30th at the Westbury Manor for his outstanding contributions toward the advancement and education of science and technology.
Please help support Dr. Farenga in his goal to raise a minimum of $1,000 for this important fundraiser.
Proceeds support the Science Museum of Long Island's programs and services for the children and families of the region!
A summary of Dr. Farenga's impressive list of accomplishments:
Dr. Stephen J. Farenga is an internationally recognized scholar who has written extensively in the areas of science education, science knowledge acquisition. He is Professor and Director of the Science Education Program at Queens College, City University of New York. His previous appointment was Professor in the Departments of Human Development and Learning, Secondary Education, and Earth and Marine Sciences at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York. Dr. Farenga’s areas of specialization include science knowledge acquisition, cognition in science, informal science experiences and attitudes, gender in science, the development of STEM related dispositions, and education policy. His research also involves making science content accessible and comprehensible both within and outside of the school context. Dr. Farenga’s research has appeared in major journals in science education, technology education, and education of the gifted. He has also written on the topics of teacher education, accreditation, and standards.
Prior to his professorships, Dr. Farenga has taught science for 15 years at both the elementary and secondary levels—from preschool through high school. He has established an educational research clinic, which examines methods of best practice and has served as a consultant for urban and suburban school districts. Dr. Farenga also launched the science column entitled “After the Bell” in the journal Science Scope, the premier middle-school science journal published by the National Science Teachers Association. Dr. Farenga is the author of The Importance of Average: Playing the Game of School to Increase Success and Achievement (Rowman & Littlefield). He is the co-author of Trivializing Teacher Education: The Accreditation Squeeze(Rowman & Littlefield), Knowledge under Construction: The Importance of Play in Developing Children’s Spatial and Geometric Thinking (Rowman & Littlefield), and is coeditor of the Encyclopedia on Education and Human Development (M. E. Sharpe).
Dr. Farenga earned his B.A. and M.A. from St. John's University, a M.S. in geoscience from Mississippi State University, and his doctorate from Columbia University.
The 2014 ADVOCATES FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY AWARDS takes place on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6pm to 8pm, at Westbury Manor. For more information, Tracey Gittere at (516) 222-0550 or TGittere@LegendaryEvents.net
When & Where
Science Museum of Long Island
Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents in 1963, SMLI is a not-for-profit science activity center located in Plandome on the Leeds Pond Preserve in Nassau County. The Science Museum offers enrichment workshops for children on weekdays and during school vacations. SMLI provides teachers and community leaders with field trips as well as programs that can be brought onsite to field locations. Activities at the Science Museum are typically pre-registered hands-on science workshops.