K-12 Outreach


New York Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program
(NYSTEM)

Each summer, up to 80 middle school students from Long Island and New York City spend one to two weeks on campus at Stony Brook, working with expert instructors (who are also graduate students and researchers) discovering the connections between mathematics, writing, science and technology. Over the past two years, these students have also visited Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Fire Island National Seashore, and the Center for Accelerator Science and Education at Stony Brook, and participated in hands-on learning activities including building soccer-playing robots (and competing in a tournament), researching and giving presentations on sources and uses of energy, and building shape-memory alloy robotic "arms" which take advantage of materials science at the nanoscale.

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Middle school students learning about "smart" materials - shape memory alloys - with instructor Joseph Ortiz.