New CCNY STEM Program Preps NYC HS Students

Twenty-six high school students from the five boroughs are spending summer at The City College of New York gaining research experience in STEM fields.

This is the first cohort in the High School Initiative in Remote Sensing of the Earth Systems Science and Engineering (HIRES) program, established by NOAA-CREST in City College’s Grove School of Engineering. It is designed to introduce young students to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines and prepare them for college.

The eight-week program, which runs through August 15, 2014, pairs the participants with City College faculty and graduate mentors affiliated with NOAA-CREST. They will spend nearly 100 hours conducting research that offers a glimpse into the cutting-edge sciences engaging the next generation of scientists and engineers. The students, from 15 schools, will receive up to three pre-college credits for work in Earth, geoscience and engineering.

“Its holistic model has professional, research, academic and social development components. The latter allows students to network and bond,” said Shakila Merchant, CUNY CREST assistant director and CREST-HIRES program director.

HIRES has already caught the attention of several institutions and groups interested in developing it into a regional and national model. These include IEEE-STEM, a chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

HIRES is supported by a two-year $400,000 grant from the Pinkerton Foundation through its Science Research Mentoring Program consortium at the American Museum of Natural History. The grant helped expand the existing CREST Summer High School Program (SHIP) at City College into HIRES which, in addition to engaging the interns in high-end research and pre-college course work, also exposes them to experiential and inquiry-based learning opportunities. The 2014 HIRES program participants come from the following schools:

•  City College Academy of the Arts
•  Manhattan Bridges HS
•  New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities
•  John Bowne HS
•  High School for Math, Science and Engineering
•  Archbishop Molloy HS
•  Benjamin N. Cardozo HS
•  James Madison HS
•  Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics
•  Susan E. Wagner HS
•  Manhattan/Hunter Science HS
•  NYC Lab School for Collaborative Studies
•  Gregorio Luperon HS
•  Mount Saint Michael Academy
•  Stuyvesant HS

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Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.  

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