More than 600 students will participate in Con Edison’s STEM Days Out, a free program that aims to stimulate interest among children in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program will be held at NYSCI on the first Wednesday of each month, from now through May 2016.

“Children learn best when they are engaged in hands-on activities that matter to them,” said Margaret Honey, president and CEO of NYSCI. “That’s why it’s so important to provide programs such as Con Edison’s STEM Days Out, where kids are actively involved in experimenting, creating and making.”

Students who participate in Con Edison’s STEM Days Out at NYSCI will engage in engineering design challenges, including building large structures using wooden dowels and rubber bands, and designing tabletop structures using cardstock, LEDs, motors and circuits.

“Students will see and touch exhibits that they don’t have in their classrooms,” said Hilary Ayala, Con Edison director of strategic partnerships. “This is a chance for us to support teachers and students in our local schools.”

The Title 1 public middle schools selected to participate in the program will come from neighborhoods throughout New York City.

Con Edison’s STEM Days Out at NYSCI is made possible through a $25,000 grant from Con Edison. Con Edison provides more than $10 million in financial and in-kind contributions to students and nonprofits in New York City and Westchester that enhance STEM education. Funding includes support for scholarships to students majoring in STEM fields, as well as program support for summer internships and year-round programs benefitting underprivileged and minority students.