The NEXT Academy is a community STEM engagement program composed of two summer learning academies with a parent and student track. Students will be exposed to careers in STEM, workshops that maintain summer learning of STEM-related subjects, have access to information for college and career choices, and successful completion of hands-on learning innovative project. Known for our parent engagement, the Parent Academy will extend the definition of STEM beyond Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to include why STEM is relevant and important in the 21st century economy, to demystify STEM education, and to debunk myths and stereotypes.
The student track is a 6 week program for 8th grade students that offers two days focused on instruction, career and college explorations, and forums with leaders in the field, and one day on a career exploration field trip to premier technology companies across the city for a total of 3 program days for each cohort.
- receive an overview of popular STEM fields
- engage in experiential technology labs
- learn to code using JAVA
- explore STEM based careers
- learn information for college and career choices
- visit premier technology companies
Fridays: Co-Ed Field Trips
The Parent Academy will extend the definition of STEM beyond Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to include why STEM is important, relevant and accessible for urban youth. Over 4 weeks, the Academy will support parents in their roles as first teachers and mentors.
Parents will engage in:
- STEM content workshops with guest presenters in STEM-related fields
- Forums that demystify STEM education
- Resources that support STEM opportunities for their children
- Hands-on lab instruction in Web Design
Parent Forums & Web Design Sessions will take place in the evenings starting at 6:30pm during the 4 weeks of programming.
NEXT Academy Parent Forums are open to all parents and community members who are interested in learning more information about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M) to better support their children’s interests and exploration into STEM fields.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.926.8000 ext. 136