STEM is an abbreviation for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Students can learn about STEM both inside and outside the classroom at all grade levels (Pre-kindergarten–12). STEM can also incorporate the arts--then it becomes STEAM. History and literacy may also be included.
STEM education gets students to ask questions and solve problems that relate to the world they live in. Using the engineering-design process, students identify problems, design possible solutions, and test and evaluate those solutions. This process, combined with the study of math and science, helps students to find connections that make science, math and technology relevant to their lives and engaging for them.
STEM can include a variety of courses that combine subjects such as:
- computer science
- environmental studies
- marine science
- urban transportation
- financial literacy
- urban gardening and farming
- green construction
- facility maintenance
- health and wellness
STEM Summer in the City
STEM Summer in the City is a free program that provides current students in grades 2-10 with an innovative, engaging, and fun summer learning program focused on science, technology, engineering, and math.
The program includes weekly STEM challenges, involving coding and game design, developing engineering solutions, and inventing with robotics. It also offers enrichment opportunities in the arts and physical education and includes trips to NYC cultural institutions. Students are accepted into this program by lottery
- Program runs from July 5 - August 09, 2018
- Monday through Thursday: 8:30am-2: 30pm
- Breakfast and lunch are included
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STEM Matters NYC Camps
When schools are on spring break and during the summer, we offer week-long camps for NYC public school students in upper elementary, middle, and high school.
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Teachers and other educators can find curriculum and instructional materials on We Teach NYC.