More than a thousand kids from underserved neighborhoods across the city will be offered seats in cutting-edge summer classes under a new pilot program, city schools boss Carmen Fariña announced Thursday.
About 1,200 kids who complete grades two, seven, and 10 in June will participate in the city’s free, SUMMER STEM 2015 program at 10 sites across the city, Fariña said at a press conference to announce the pilot program at Public School 308 in Brooklyn.
“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,” Fariña said.
City Education Dept. officials will pay for the $2 million with public funds and $500,000 Microsoft secured through the city’s Fund for Public Schools.
City Education Department officials developed a curriculum for the program with the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Classes in science, technology, engineering and math will be held all day from Monday through Thursday for four weeks for second-graders and five weeks for the higher graders.
Sixty-five city teachers will lead classes with a focus on hands-on learning with projects such as robot construction and computer programming.
Students will apply to the program by borough, and applications for the program will be available in mid-May. Fariña said admissions officers will consider student attendance, among other factors.