About Us

Who We Are

The City College of New York’s STEM Institute is a challenging academic enrichment organization designed to encourage under-represented minority middle and high school students to maximize their academic potential by providing them with educational programs in college-level study.

The STEM Institute prepares students for the greater demands of college-level study and helps them adjust to campus life. It offers academic and tutoring support services designed to help students prepare for these unique challenges.

The STEM Institute was initiated in 1992, with the support of NASA and CAHSEE, to ensure that Hispanic Americans, females, and other under-represented minority students achieve academic excellence by means of continuous programmatic support during their pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate years.

The STEM Institute  offers courses in the physical sciences, mathematics, English, Computer programming, Engineering, and more. We are constantly growing, as we adapt to best cater to students’ needs. The STEM Institute also provides a select group of students with the opportunity to conduct research with faculty at The Grove School of Engineering. All students who participate are encouraged to pursue careers in the fields of engineering, technology, science, business, and/or mathematics.

All of the STEM Institute’s programs  are entirely free, and this is all thanks to our partners who make it possible. The STEM Institute is a collaborative initiative between The City College of New York’s Office of the Senior Associate Provost, the New York City Council’s 10thDistrict, the STEP Program, the Lincoln Fund, the Dorr Foundation, Standard Chartered, the New York City Department of Education, and the Center for the Advancement of Hispanics in Science and Engineering Education (CAHSEE).

Watch your child grow and succeed.

What We Offer

After School Program

The mission of our STEM-based after school program for grades 6-12 is to inspire, educate, and empower the next generation of innovators and problem solvers!

Program Overview
Our After-School Program is meticulously crafted for students who reside in or study within the vibrant heart of Northern Manhattan and the greater expanse of New York City. We recognize that learning is an ongoing journey, and thus, we offer an educational haven that extends beyond the school day.

Learning Hours
Most of our classes are thoughtfully scheduled from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM, occurring twice a week. This timetable is designed to harmonize with the rhythms of our students’ lives, providing an opportunity for deep exploration beyond standard class hours.

Diverse Learning Modalities
In our commitment to fostering inclusivity and adaptability, we offer a diverse array of classes, both in person and online, subject to student enrollment. We aim to create an enriching environment that encourages students to delve into the realms of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics using creative and hands-on approaches.

At the heart of our mission lies a dedication to guiding young minds toward a future where innovation and problem-solving take center stage. Our program stands as a testament to the belief that the leaders of tomorrow are in our midst today, ready to redefine the boundaries of what is possible in the world of STEM.

Saturday Program

Ready to turn your weekends into dynamic learning adventures?

The mission of our Saturday Program is to bridge the gap between high school and university life by offering college-like courses in a campus setting during the academic year. Our core objectives are as follows:

Inspiration: We aim to inspire high school students to explore the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through engaging and challenging courses. Our program serves as a catalyst, igniting their passion for STEM fields and motivating them to consider pursuing STEM careers in higher education.

Education: We provide an academically rigorous environment where students can delve deep into STEM subjects and Test Prep classes.

Our courses are designed to be intellectually stimulating and to enhance students’ knowledge, critical thinking, problem-solving, and research skills. This educational foundation is vital for their future success in universities and their college careers.

Exposure: Through our program, students gain exposure to the CCNY university campus and the college experience. This exposure helps demystify the transition from high school to college, making the prospect of pursuing a STEM degree more familiar and attainable.

Career Preparation: We aim to prepare high school students for future success by nurturing their interest in STEM. By offering courses that align with university-level expectations, we equip them with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in higher education and ultimately pursue STEM careers.

Diversity and Inclusion: Our program is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse learning environment. We welcome students from all backgrounds and abilities and ensure that every participant feels valued and empowered to explore their potential in STEM fields.

Summer Bridge Program

Our Summer Bridge Program is tailor-made for Rising 9th graders. We’re here to help you make a seamless transition into high school, ensuring that your journey is not only smooth but also packed with excitement and learning.

Bridging the Gap: We understand that the jump from 8th grade to high school can be a bit daunting. That’s why our program is all about closing that academic gap in both English & Math. We’ll get you ready for the adventure ahead!

Teamwork: You’ll dive into the world of group work, where you’ll learn to collaborate, communicate, and succeed as a team. These skills will be your secret weapon throughout high school and beyond.

Writing & Presentation: Writing essays, delivering awesome presentations—these are just a couple of the cool skills you’ll pick up. We’ll turn you into a writing and speaking superstar.

Math Skills: Solving intricate mathematical problems, tackling challenging equations—these are just a couple of the intriguing skills you’ll acquire. We’ll transform you into a mathematical problem-solving wizard!

Research: Ever wondered how to uncover hidden secrets and gather knowledge like a pro? We’ll teach you the art of research, making you an expert investigator.

Engagement Activities: Our Afternoon Engagement program is a fantastic opportunity for students to explore STEAM areas after their academic learning day is over. These activities are primarily hands-on, and students can take advantage of partnerships with organizations such as the CCNY Landscape Architecture program, The Hispanic Society Museum, The NYC Public Library, LAESA SHPE, BioBus, Science Departments at CCNY, and many more.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Your summer with us will be packed with adventures, new friends, and valuable knowledge. Get ready to step into high school with confidence, excitement, and all the tools you need to rock your freshman year!

Summer Institute

Since the summer of ’92, we’ve been hosting an action-packed 4 -5 -week program that’s all about diving headfirst into college-level studies open to students from all over New York City.

College-Level Study: Are you ready to fast-track your learning journey? Our Summer Institute is your ticket to an intensive and enriching experience where you’ll tackle subjects at a college level. It’s like a sneak peek into the future of higher education!

Gain College Credits: Imagine earning college credits while you’re still in high school! Our Summer Institute opens the door to an array of entry-level STEM courses that students at CCNY take. This isn’t just summer fun; it’s your path to a limitless, successful future.

Satellite Programs

In the Fall and Spring semesters, we take the show on the road, setting up shop at various partner schools throughout Northern Manhattan and other parts of New York City. Yes, you heard that right!

Our goal remains the same: delivering top-notch STEM education. We’re bringing the same high-quality courses and workshops that our phenomenal faculty conducts right to these satellite locations. It’s all about making life easier for those students who face hurdles in making the trek to the CCNY campus.Many of them open the doors to their labs and special resources, creating an academic wonderland at their sites. And the best part? These courses aren’t just for their students; they’re open to any and all eager learners from any school who want to join the adventure.

Many of our partner schools open the doors to their labs and special resources, creating an academic wonderland at their sites. And the best part? These courses aren’t just for their students; they’re open to any and all eager learners from any school who want to join the adventure.

So, no matter where you’re from, the magic of STEM is closer than you think. Come be a part of it! 🌆🔬🏫🌟

Ready to Supercharge Your School with STEM Education?

If you’re eager to introduce our exciting courses to your school. Consider our Satellite Programming!

Get in touch with us at Stem@ccny.cuny.edu, and we can work together to establish a partnership with your school. This way, you can bring the wonders of STEM education right to your doorstep—whether it’s after school or on Saturdays.

Why wait? The future of learning is just an email away! Let’s make STEM education an integral part of your school journey. 🌟📚🚀