Recap – STEM Month 2020


2020 Recap

NJ STEM Month 2020

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 2020

By the Numbers

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NJ STEM Month Mini-Grants

Thanks to the generosity of the Overdeck Family Foundation, NJ STEM Month mini-grants of up to $500 are awarded to different organizations with the purpose of enhancing their STEM Month events.


Participating Organizations


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Ball Drop

Nearly 100 STEM supporters gathered together at InfoAge Science Learning Center and Museum in Wall Township to kickoff NJ STEM Month. The evening featured an actual student developed STEM Ball that dropped, a reading of the STEM Month Gubernatorial Proclamation, several inspirational speakers, a museum tour, and networking.

Read more in this news article here.

#NJSTEMMonth Twitter contest

All organizations are encouraged to join the conversation on Twitter by following @NJSTEMPathways and @RDCouncilNJ and using #NJSTEMMonth.

1 lucky winner receives a gift basket filled with a framed gubernatorial proclamation, a gift card and more!

Our 2020 winner is Rebecca Richardson, a teacher at Paulsboro School District. 

STEM Showcase at State House

Due to Covid-19, the NJSPN had to cancel its annual STEM Showcase. Instead, the NJSPN moved in a virtual direction and designed an online “STEM Showcase.” Check it out!

STEM Month Awards

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

Take a look at the 2020 award winners below.

2020 STEM Month Awards Winners

STEM Advocate of the Year:
Patrice Scully, Practice Manager at IBM​

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. IBM’s Patrice Scully was selected for this award for her leadership and passion in bringing engineering education to students through IBM’s Discover Engineering program.

STEM Civic Leadership Award:
Arushi Aggarwal, Founder & CEO of Unknown16

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. Arushi was selected for this award for volunteering at local libraries teaching students STEM and building the app iBlum to connect communities, government and businesses and encouraging them to make positive community changes while acting socially responsible.

STEM Collaboration of the Year:
Sanofi, Students 2 Science & the Office of the Somerset County Superintendent of Schools

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. Sanofi, Students 2 Science (S2S) & the Office of the Somerset County Superintendent of Schools were selected for this award for a collaborative effort to bring authentic hands-on STEM programs to students and teachers in Somerset County at no cost to the districts.

STEM Corporate Champion of the Year:
Schneider Electric

An honor highlighting an organization that has demonstrated a deep commitment to supporting New Jersey’s STEM economy. Global energy specialist Schneider Electric, was selected for this award for ensuring that their commitment to their partnership with Delran High School in Burlington County remains strong by supporting their different programs and initiatives.   

STEM Educator of the Year:
Dr. Vanashri Nargund-Joshi, Professor at New Jersey City University

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. Dr. Nargund-Joshi was selected for this award because of her role in leading the Liberty STEM Alliance Ecosystem, conducting numerous parents and students workshops, and creating “The Parent Academy,” a platform for parents, families, caregivers and educators that focuses on increasing their scientific knowledge of learning and development to improve the lives of children.

Check out our NJ STEM Month one-pager!

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