The STEM Saturdays Program
Apply now: Spring 2020 STEM Saturday Application
Application and Recommendation Letter due Dec. 20, 2019.
Eligibility: Students enrolled in a New York City high school (9th-12th grade). Students from groups that are underrepresented in STEM college majors and careers are strongly encouraged to apply. Priority is given to students with no prior experience in engineering, coding or robotics.
Dates: January 25 - April 25, 2020, no class Feb. 15 and March 21
Times: 10 am - 4 pm, lunch from 12 - 1 pm.
Location: The Cooper Union School of Engineering, 41 Cooper Square
Cost: Free. Metrocards and lunch provided
Description: Students will develop design, engineering and entrepreneurial skills as they create "Technology for Good" to solve a current or emerging problem for their community.
Taught by Cooper Union undergraduates and graduate students,students learn engineering design and rapid prototyping skills, including 3D drawing and printing, laser cutting, fabrication with hand tools, and programming microcontrollers.
Students work in teams design, analyze, build, test, and present their solution to a real-world engineering problem. The mentors guide the students through the design and prototyping process and coach students on professional skills like technical communication, presentations and teamwork. The program also includes career counseling and college planning sessions with Cooper Union staff members.
At the end of the program, the students present and pitch their product idea to a panel of invited guests and judges for prizes.
The STEM Saturdays program is made possible through generous donations from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.