NY Daily News: Summer of Science: City School Team with Local College for STEM Programs

August 5, 2014 1:21 pm In the News

For these city kids, it’s the summer of STEM.

As interest in science, technology, engineering and math — known as STEM — heats up in classrooms across the Big Apple and nationwide, local colleges are giving younger students a shot at a high-tech higher education.

Public schools from across the city are teaming with colleges such as Columbia University, New York University, Lehman College and City College of New York to offer dozens of kids free summer school classes on futuristic topics.

New York City Department of Education Director of STEM Linda Curtis-Bey said the city’s partnerships with universities give kids access to cutting-edge classes….

More than 100 science-loving students from Dewitt Clinton High School in the Bronx took summer break classes in STEM at nearby Lehman College, as part of an ongoing partnership between the university and the public school.

The Summer Step collaboration includes courses in engineering, mammalian anatomy and computer science, giving kids the chance to spend their break taking cutting-edge classes.

“The goal of this program is to introduce kids to the STEM fields,” said Pedro Baez, director of school/college collaboration at Lehman. “It gives them an opportunity to engage in a very interactive and hands-on manner.”

Read more at the NY Daily News.