STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – careers are growing at 17% year over year and have become a key component in U.S. economic growth. As employers demand for mathematicians and engineers has grown, so too has the availability of STEM education programs.
These programs provide students with opportunities to carve out a future job in a well-paid field. Even an entry-level STEM job earns1, on average, 26% higher salary for positions requiring a bachelor’s degree; and there are 2.5 times as many entry-level STEM jobs to choose from, as compared to non-STEM jobs.
New York has a variety of classes, summer camps, and after-school programs available to city students who are interested in improving their knowledge of STEM.
STEM Programs for Educators and Students in NYC
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1. Girls Who Code is a non-profit organization with a mission to close the gender gap in technology, which to date has reached 90,000 girls in all 50 states. Find a coding club or explore their 7-week summer immersion programs for 10th and 11th-grade students.
Girls Who Code also offers 2-week summer camp programs throughout the city, with topics ranging from intro to computer science, to wearable tech, or iPhone app development.
2. Mouse develops STEM curriculum that helps educators and students in underserved communities build practical expertise in science, technology, engineering, and math. The organization offers a variety of professional development opportunities for educators and maker events for students. Events are held in New York City.
Sign-up for a STEM Summer Camp
3. STEM Summer in the City is a program led by the NYC Department of Education that provides a free, five-week summer education program open to all NYC public school students in grades 2-10. Students are chosen by lottery and will experience hands-on design challenges in a learning program led by DOE instructors.
4. Launch Math + Science Centers offer STEM classes and summer camps for students from kindergarten through 7th grade, at locations throughout Manhattan. Programs vary by age, from “I Wanna Be an Astronaut” for kindergarteners, to “Coding and Animation” for tweens.
5. iD Tech provides summer camps throughout the U.S., including a number of locations in the five boroughs. Camps are all STEM-education based with a variety of topics, including gaming, programming, AI, and the all-girls program Alexa Café. iD Tech reserves 10% of its seats for scholarship students, to improve access to quality STEM education for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
6. Camp Pixel provides camps at locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, covering STEM subjects using inquiry-based learning and professional-grade technology.
Enroll in a STEM After-School Program
7. STEM Kids NYC seeks to bridge the gap between the existing school curriculum, and the immediate need to provide STEM education to students. The organization provides after-school programs, monthly Saturday TechFests, and the Teen Science Café for older students.
STEM Kids NYC is also looking for volunteers and interns, so if you are interested in supporting STEM education for NYC kids, check out current volunteer opportunities.
The benefits of STEM education are numerous: both in improved academic results, and increased creativity, confidence, and problem-solving abilities that can be applied both in and out of the classroom.
Supplementing a school curriculum with after-school or summer STEM education can not only improve a student’s education, and access to future well-paying careers; it can also improve our chances, as a nation, at succeeding in an increasingly competitive, technology-based, global marketplace.
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