The CrEST: Creativity in Engineering, Science, and Technology, program from NYU Tandon’s Center for K12 STEM Education introduces middle and high school student to circuitry, electronics, mechanical systems, physical computing, robotics and other STEM disciplines through hands-on, lab-based demonstrations, experiments, and projects that offer important learning experiences. These high school students will learn from NYU engineering students who are experts in the field with the expectation that they will then teach week-long workshops to younger middle school students as a part of a summer internship.
Middle school students from partner nonprofit organization’s summer programs as well as individual students from the NYC community can attend 30-hour weekly workshops that focus on hands-on computer programming and engineering various kinds of interactive devices. Workshops vary week to week and follow various fun themes such as Arduino and TinkerCAD, The Internet of Things, and 3D Printing and Basic Electronics.
The 100-hour apprentice program has been run for the past five years in partnership with ExpandEd Options to great success. Over 100 high school students have received valuable training in both STEM topics and educational skills and almost 70% have gotten a paid summer internship as a result.