The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) was established at Farmingdale State College during the academic year 1989-1990. It is one of about 50 programs in New York State serving middle and high school students. STEP offers academic programs, enrichment activities and support services aimed at enhancing the skills and competencies necessary for students in grades 7-12 for entry into college-level programs in Science, Engineering, Technology, Health Sciences and licensed professions.
The academic programs offered by STEP include lab-based instruction in such areas as Mathematics, Biosciences, Physical Sciences, Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Computer Programming and applications, Robotics, Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Technologies, Aviation Management Technology and written communication. The enrichment programs of STEP include college-level courses, in-school tutorials in mathematics and sciences, team work and leadership development opportunities as well as hands-on projects in science and engineering technologies. The support services offered by STEP include academic counseling and advising, college entry test preparation, arrangements for summer internships, field trips to industry sites and academic institutions and opportunities for participation in regional conferences.
The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) was established at Farmingdale State College during the academic year 1999-2000. It is one of about 50 programs in New York State. The primary objectives of CSTEP are to attract and retain students enrolled in undergraduate programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and health related fields and to prepare students for careers in licensed professions.
CSTEP accomplishes its objectives by offering instructional programs, facilitating participation in scholarly activities, conducting conferences and workshops, providing support for guided research and industry sponsored internships, and conducting programs aimed at developing skills and competencies for ethical and professional practice in the student’s chosen field. While CSTEP brings together faculty and students from a broad spectrum of academic programs on campus to undertake projects of mutual interest, the program also promotes and initiates collaborative activities with science and technology programs at other institutions in the region.
CSTEP serves as an excellent tool to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education at the middle and high school levels and its members are provided opportunities to serve as mentors to students enrolled in the STEP program. The support services offered by CSTEP include academic counseling and advising, test preparation, and opportunities for participation in regional conferences.