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TechPREP


TechPREP, was launched in 2008 with funding from Motorola Solutions  Foundation’s Innovation Generation Grant. TechPREP addresses the  underrepresentation of minority women in STEM by providing an  educational enrichment program to empower middle school girls from  underserved communities on Long Island.  This robust program develops  students’ competence and confidence in their math and science abilities by providing an intensive multi-level program that integrates science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) with mentoring and application based hands-on activities.

Over the course of one week in the summer, TechPREP students participate in intensive project based instruction facilitated by University faculty, graduate, and WISE undergraduate mentors. Participation is based on three sequential modules that are taken over the course of three years.

MODULE 1:

BIOLOGY & CHEMISTRY

6th grade students discover living
organisms and their chemical and
physicochemical processes with
lessons. Students will be
encouraged to think and speak like
scientists, work together in teams,
and explore biology and chemistry
in new and interesting ways.

MODULE 2:

MATHEMATICS & PHYSICS

7th grade students are introduced
to applications of math and physics
in real world situations.

Included in these lessons are tours
of facilities on campus which help
further reinforce how basic
principles can be scaled to cutting-
edge research and provide
students with exposure to real-
world scientific environments.

 

 

MODULE 3:

ENGINEERING & INNOVATION

8th grade students employ the knowledge and skills acquired from their previous modules to build solutions to common
environmental problems. The Engineering module is unique in
that it is centered on the student’s curiosity and a “learn-as-you-go” lesson format which challenges students to be critical and creative problem solvers.

   
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