Schools chancellor announces STEM summer program

Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced on Thursday, June 4 the launch of NYC Summer STEM 2015, a new citywide pilot program to provide students who just completed second, seventh and 10th grade with free, high-quality, engaging STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

According to the Department of Education, the program will cost $2 million and include funding from public funds and from Microsoft secured through the Fund for Public Schools.

“Summer learning opportunities are crucial for staving off learning loss and preparing students for their next school year, and there is no better time for students to immerse themselves in the important STEM disciplines,” said Fariña. “Our collaboration with Microsoft and university and museum partners is making this hands-on program possible for students in second, seventh and 10th grades – critical years for ensuring students have the support they need and remain on track for academic success, college, and careers.”

Summer STEM 2015 will serve a total of 1,200 students – 400 from each of the three grades – at 10 sites across the city (one in each borough for second graders and one in each borough for seventh and 10th graders).

The sessions will run Mondays through Thursdays – from July 6 to July 30 for second graders, and from July 6 to August 6 for seventh and 10th graders. Breakfast and lunch will be served at the program sites.

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