The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has issued a $350,611 grant to support Hofstra University’s “2016-2017 Science Technology Entry Program (STEP),” which is directed by Anthony Robinson, PhD, Associate Dean, Center for Educational Access and Success, School of Education.
The Hofstra University Science and Technology Entry Program engages students (grades 7-12) from local schools in hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career fields, as well as fields that require pre-licensure. Students participate in a number of STEM educational programs and activities throughout the school year and during the summer. The ultimate goal of the program is to support and mentor students to ensure they graduate from high school and enter college as STEM majors.
“There has for many years been a waiting list to enroll in the program,” Robinson said. Hofstra was one of the first universities in New York to implement STEP in 1986, and it has successfully prepared hundreds of young people for STEM education at the university level.