Science & Technology Entry Program Curriculum
The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) provides students from 7th through 12th grade with enrichment classes, financial aid workshops, health professions training, social justice education, and mentorship. Activities take place during the New York City academic school year and in a six-week program during the summer. Currently, STEP is operating in a virtual capacity.
Senior Summer Technology and Research Training (SSTART) Program
During the summer session, rising 12th-grade scholars engage in the Senior Summer Technology and Research Training (SSTART) Program, an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on research in social science, health science, and technology advocacy. SSTART scholars attend college and career development workshops, participate in college and university tours, and become familiar with educational opportunity programs in New York State.
Fall Semester: Professional Development Series
During the fall semester, 12th-grade scholars attend college workshops and receive college-readiness mentoring from medical students at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Each scholar is paired with a medical student or an MD/PhD student mentor, who helps with filling out college applications, writing personal statements and resumes, completing financial aid documents, and applying for scholarships.
Our 7th- through 11th-grade students may choose to attend either SHSAT, PSAT, or SAT test prep courses, in addition to attending academic workshops and learning directly from higher education professionals, medical providers, and researchers.
Spring Semester: STEM Course Series
The Future Residents in Training (FRiT) Program provides scholars with an introductory look into various fields of medicine and the health sciences. Courses are taught by faculty, house staff, and medical students from NYU Grossman School of Medicine.
Our weekly Speaker Series Program features science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and health science professionals who share their individual stories, educational and career journeys, and career opportunities with scholars. Scholars also participate in STEM-focused courses taught by STEM professionals.
STEP follows a hybrid model, with classes meeting virtually and labs meeting on campus. However, due to COVID-19, STEP is currently operating fully remote. The program takes place after school in the fall and spring during the academic school year. During the summer, SSTART run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for six weeks.