JULY 27, 2015 — Open to students attending maritime themed high schools, SUNY Maritime College's fourth annual STEM Academy, which runs July 27 to 31 at Fort Schuyler on the suburban Throggs Neck peninsula in the Bronx, New York City, is providing inner city high school students with a five-day, practical, hands-on program intended to increase student participation and achievement in the STEM disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
High schools participating in the SUNY Maritime STEM Academy are: The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, on Governors Island, New York City; the Maritime Industries Academy of Baltimore, Maryland; the Maritime Academy Charter High School of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and the Western New York Maritime Academy High School of Buffalo, New York.
The STEM Academy will build upon the schools' curriculum. Along with an emphasis on STEM disciplines, the week-long summer enrichment program will focus on the SUNY Maritime College core values of accountability, responsibility, diligence and leadership.
Lessons have been designed to be hands-on and highly interactive. Maritime College's faculty members work directly with the students in the STEM Academy to bring the class subjects to life.
SUNY Maritime College's STEM Academy is presented, in part, with financial support from the TK Foundation, supporting youth development programs that meet the needs of motivated disadvantaged youth, ages 15-21. The Foundation is named for J. Torben Karlshoej, "T.K.", who grew up on a farm in Denmark and later founded the Teekay Shipping Company, now Teekay Corporation.
Participating students at this year's STEM Academy will have an opportunity to board and sail on the tall ship, the Lettie G. Howard, an original 1893 fishing schooner operated by the South Street Seaport Museum in collaboration with New York Harbor School and with support from The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which provides tall ship sail training opportunities for students from New York and New Jersey.