Proyecto Access Wins the 3rd Place Trophy

Monday, March 31, 2011 (New York) – NASA/STEP Proyecto Access  participated  in the 13th Annual STEP Statewide Student Conference from March 25, 2011 to March 27, 2011 in Albany, New York. Throughout the fall/spring semesters, team members Tiffany Guerrero (8th Grade); Tyrell Samaroo (10th Grade); Nancy Gonzalez (11th Grade); Noel Albert (12th Grade) and Christopher Guerrero (12th Grade) worked on the “Train Gap Solution” research project. Our student delegation’s presentation took the 3rd place Trophy in the Senior Technology division.

The “Train Gap Solution” team received faculty mentorship from Mr. Royneal Rayess and Mr. Moise Koffi, Director of Proyecto Access, with the assistance of Mr. Jose Mercado.

Abstract: Train Gap Solution

One of the main problems of the subway system in the City of New York  is the gap between the train and the platform. This gap becomes a danger for everyone. Over the last decade, the number of passenger injuries has increased, with greater than five injuries per million rides occurring every year. The objective of our research is to find the most efficient way to eliminate the gap. Our project consists of designing a mechanism with a slit that fills the space between the platform edge and the train car door. The gap filler will be designed to activate when the doors of the train cars open and close, which will make entering and exiting the train much safer. Our solution will help to minimize accidents at the subway station, and will help the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) “GO GREEN” by spending less money on yellow warning signs that state “WATCH THE GAP”

About Proyecto Access

Since 2006 the Proyecto Access Program conducted at Hostos Community College has been serving historically underrepresented and / or economically disadvantaged middle and high school students in the STEM disciplines.  It is a free year-round program with an intensive seven-week summer session that emphasizes the development of abstract reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving skills. It acquaints students with professional opportunities in science, technology engineering and mathematics. It helps to enhance students’ mathematics preparation at the secondary school level with the objective to increase the number of minority graduating in STEM majors. Since 1997, Proyecto Access has served over 1,500 middle and high school students.

About Hostos Community College

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, part of the City University of New York system, was founded in 1968.  Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves more than 6,000 students.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2010 enrollment of over 6,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College visit