Brooklyn, NY — The Brooklyn College’s STAR (Science, Technology and Research Early College High School) opened a newly outfitted computer room on April 20 thanks to a $200,000 allocation from NY State Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs.
The STAR students will enjoy 30 new Power Mac G4s along with scanners, printers, and the latest software in their new “Boot Up Brooklyn” lab located on the Erasmus campus.
STAR, which opened in 2003 and will graduate its first class this year, is the product of a collaboration between Brooklyn College and the Gateway Institute. Students complete their high school curriculum while also taking college courses on the BC campus. They graduate with a high school diploma and up to 30 college credits.
Students from BC’s School of Education will also be taking advantage of the new lab’s technology. Information Technology staff are working to allow the BC students to “beam in” from the BC campus to observe classroom work at Erasmus.
“This wonderful technology will allow our student teachers to observe different dimensions of effective learning,” said Deborah Ann Shanley, dean of the School of Education.
The STAR students presented Assemblywoman Jacobs with a certificate of appreciation for her efforts to secure the funding for the lab.
“We are elated yet humbled to have you here today,” said Khyrie Alleyne, president of the student government association.
Jacobs told the students that she couldn’t “take credit for the vision. The only credit to me is that I took a look at something and saw it was worth supporting.”
Looking over the lab, BC Provost Roberta Matthews noted that when STAR began, it was located on one floor of the Erasmus High School building with 3 to 4 classrooms.
“Now we have 500 students and they are all kids that deserve a lab like this,” she said. “They are kids who take their studies seriously and who make us all very proud.”