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Current STEP Courses

STEP COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

BIOLOGY
Our biology component emphasizes conceptual understanding and applied, hands-on learning.  Under the guidance of the instructor, students are expected to apply the theoretical knowledge they gleaned over the course of the semester to laboratory exercises and experiments.  The introductory lesson assumes no former experience in biology and each subsequent lesson builds upon the previous.  This unique curriculum ensures that all students will begin the program with an equal opportunity to learn and challenge themselves.  Each semester focuses on a different sub topic in the field, creating an atmosphere of diversity and intense engagement.  No prerequisite is necessary for entry and all eligible students are welcome to apply.

CHEMISTRY
The chemistry component, similarly to our biology component, ensures that all students will be able to learn the necessary theoretical material and apply it through laboratory experiments. Occasionally, our chemistry students conduct experiments alongside our biology cohort. This breeds a hybrid environment of learning, giving students from both workshops the chance to witness the proper blending of the sciences and how one enhances the other. The introductory lesson assumes no former experience in chemistry and each subsequent lesson builds upon the previous.  Past summer STEP Chemistry sessions featured a unique student research component: Students were given the opportunity to learn and apply research methodologies to a specific project under the guidance of their instructor. Before each session concluded, students presented their research findings to their STEP peers and instructor.  No prerequisite is necessary for entry and all eligible students are welcome to apply.

MATHEMATICS
Our mathematics course offerings vary from semester to semester, but maintain a high level of rigor and applicability. Students enrolled in these courses typically gain a new mathematical perspective and enhance their knowledge which can complement their high school mathematics curriculum. Previous courses have covered Discrete Mathematics, Algebra I, Algebra II & Trigonometry, Precalculus, and many other topics; a complete listing can be made available upon request.  No prerequisite is necessary for entry and all eligible students are welcome to apply.

ROBOTICS
The Robotics course is unique in both its implementation and curriculum structure.  Students apart of this workshop learn basic engineering principles and vital programming concepts typically found in a computer science and/or engineering curriculum.  The instructor assists students as they build robots capable of sensing their surroundings, meeting a specific goal (i.e., navigating a complex pathway, redirecting a ball into a net, etc.) and learn about research topics associated with robotics.  Students who showcase exceptional promise in this component are chosen by the instructor who will then assist them in designing an elaborate robot which will be expected to complete certain a set of tasks designated by the STEP Statewide Student Conference held annually in upstate NY.  In this conference, students are given the opportunity to showcase their hard work to their STEP peers and build professional development skills before they enter college.   No prerequisite is necessary for entry and all eligible students are welcome to apply.

SAT PREP
Our SAT Preparation course gives students an added edge to pass the SAT with potentially competitive scores for colleges nationwide.  Students learn not only the necessary academic material, but basic college application details typically not found in other SAT Prep courses.  In addition, students are given individualized academic nurturing to ensure that they are able to properly cope with exam pressure.  Problem areas for each individual student are targeted and methodically strengthened so that students can feel confident upon test day.  This component is ONLY open to high school juniors and seniors, and they are strongly encouraged to apply.  No prerequisite is necessary for entry.