Recap – STEM Month 2019


NJ STEM Month 2019

NJ STEM Month is a celebration co-hosted by the New Jersey STEM Pathways Network and Research & Development Council of New Jersey that highlights the Garden State’s incredible accomplishments in science, technology, engineering, math and innovation.

With the support of Governor Murphy’s administration and Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker’s office, NJ STEM Week expanded to include the entire month of March in 2018. March is now New Jersey STEM Month as designated by the New Jersey State Legislature and gubernatorial proclamation.

NJ STEM Month 2019

By the Numbers

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Unique Events in March 2019

NJ STEM Month Mini-Grants

Thanks to the generosity of the Overdeck Family Foundation, NJ STEM Month mini grants of up to  different organizations with the purpose of enhancing their STEM Month events.


Participating Organizations


Estimated Learners



'Stem Showcase' at the State House

On March 25th, the NJSPN celebrated NJ STEM Month with a ‘STEM Showcase’ at the New Jersey State House in Trenton. The fair showcased 23 STEM organizations from across the state, each highlighting their work to drive excellence in New Jersey’s STEM pipeline. Over the course of several hours, over 100 attendees, including dozens of state legislative representatives, visited the presenting organizations to learn about the many STEM initiatives going on around the state. Each of these organizations also received a ceremonial legislative resolution requested by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker of the 16th Legislative District.

NJ STEM Month Awards

New to 2019, the NJ STEM Month Awards are opportunities to highlight the most outstanding examples of leadership, collaboration and achievement in STEM in New Jersey.

2019 Award Winners

STEM Corporate Champion of the Year – PSEG

An honor highlighting an organization that has demonstrated a deep commitment to supporting New Jersey’s STEM economy.

STEM Collaboration of the Year - Leap into Science with NJ Makers Day, NJ State Library and Newark Museum

This award celebrates the individuals and/or organizations moving beyond silos to create a more connected in New Jersey. The STEM Collaborator develops partnerships and combines resources to provide outstanding STEM programming and establish clear career pathways in their community and beyond. To qualify, submissions must exhibit collaborations between three or more individuals or organizations. 

STEM Advocate of the Year - Daryl Detrick, Computer Science Teacher at Warren Hills High School

Celebrating a true spokesperson for STEM in New Jersey, this honor highlights an organization or individual who most effectively communicates the importance of STEM to New Jersey and its citizens. The NJSPN STEM Advocate of the Year is making big waves to ensure the Garden State continues to lead the nation in innovation and meaningful work.

STEM Civic Leadership Award - Rishabh Rout, Founder and President of WeMake 4H

Organization or individual who demonstrates extraordinary civic leadership in STEM in their community. This award will be provided to those who have sought to improve and enhance the quality of STEM in their community through initiatives that include volunteerism, mentorship, and/or training.

STEM Educator of the Year - Christine Girtain, Director of Authentic Science Research at Toms River High School (North & South)

Awarded to an individual or organization that has dedicated their time and energy to successfully improving STEM learning outcomes for students in New Jersey. The STEM Educator of the Year understands STEM as more than an acronym and promotes STEM as a way of thinking, developing a growth mindset and STEM identities in all learners.

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