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Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)

Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)

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Welcome to Le Moyne STEP's Web site. The Le Moyne College Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) is one of 51 STEP programs in New York State. Serving 80 students in Nottingham High School, Henninger High School and all of Onondaga County, the program is a collaboration of the New York State Department of Education, Le Moyne College, and the Syracuse City School District. Since 1987, STEP has prepared historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students for college, and their pursuit of careers in math, science, technology, and the health-related or licensed professions.

STEP staff

Dr. Darshini Roopnarine, CSTEP & STEP Director
Romero Hall 1st floor

Beth Marie Richards, Program Coordinator
Romero Hall 1st floor

Seneca Lake research

National Science Foundation Award received by all New York State STEP programs!

STEP Services
  • On site tutoring and instruction in all academic subjects during the school day throughout the academic year
  • SAT, ACT, and Regents examination preparation
  • College, career, and personal counseling
  • Extensive workforce preparation activities including career-related speakers, workshops and career days, trips to local companies/organizations, job shadows, and internships
  • Science, math, and technology-related enrichment courses, activities, and field trips
  • College visits
  • Assistance with college and financial aid application
  • Opportunities for hands-on research assistantships with college faculty
  • Supervised individual research project preparation and presentation
  • Mentoring
  • Summer programs and activities
  • Conferences, seminars, and workshops

STEP Questions

Who can participate?
The STEP program is open to all African American, Hispanic and Native American students who are interested in STEP career fields, as well as to any student who can demonstrate economic disadvantage. Applicants must have a minimum average of 80 in Regents-level Science and Math coursework, a minimum overall grade point average of 80, or the potential and desire to reach these benchmarks with additional support. STEP students are expected to reach/maintain these averages throughout their enrollment in the program.

Can parents participate?
Parents and guardians are encouraged to participate in program activities, workshops, and the STEP Parent Association. Recognizing the vital role that parents play in their child's educational development, all parent activities have a goal of helping parents to support and encourage their child throughout his/her enrollment in the STEP program.

When does the program take place?
STEP programming occurs both during and after school in addition to some Saturday mornings. Tutors are available all day during the school day and after school in the STEP offices at Henninger and Nottingham high schools. Field trips, speakers, and workshops are scheduled throughout the year. During the summer, STEP has a non-residential summer program and SAT boot camp.

How do I apply?
An application, or additional information, is available from STEP staff at the Henninger and Nottingham high schools or email us.

How can I participate in STEP?
Tutoring. Students can participate in STEP in a variety of ways. Professional tutors are on-site at Henninger High School (library) and Nottingham High School (room 204) during the school day and after school to provide one-on-one help with school work, college applications, and more.
•Saturday morning programs, focusing on everything from SAT's to using GPS systems, are held about twice a month on Le Moyne's campus.
•Field Trips. Day trips to colleges and career sites are regularly scheduled throughout the school year.
•Job Shadows. Students have the opportunity to sign up for job shadows of area professionals.
•Summer Program. A five-week non-residential summer program, taking place on Le Moyne's campus, occurs annually. Each week focuses on different topics. Examples of past topics include: rocket design, math/literacy prep, robot programming, environmental science, forensics, video game design, research methods, and SAT preparation. Pre-registration is required. 
•Research. Students have the opportunity to conduct research and present findings at the Statewide STEP Student Conference (and other conferences depending on the project). Past STEP students have worked with college faculty and community members to create their projects. Last year, Shante White won a gold medal for her project entitled: Up, Turn and Release! Determining Optimal Conditions to Maximize Distance a Shot Put is Thrown.  

When is the deadline to apply?
Applications will be processed on a "rolling admission" basis. Interested students can either mail their application or drop it off in one of our offices (Library at Henninger, Library at Nottingham).

How can I find out more about upcoming events?
Students and parents can refer to our STEP Calendar of Events, which is updated on a regular basis.  Information about upcoming events is also available in the STEP offices at Henninger and Nottingham high schools. You may also contact us directly by phone (445-4584) or by e-mail (Martha Ramsey).

What do I need to know about the STEP Summer Institute?
    When does the program take place? The STEP Summer Institute takes place every summer at Le Moyne College. It generally runs for 4 weeks from 8am - 3pm (due to field trips, arrival/departure times may change for some days). In the event that a student has to unexpectedly miss a program day, the student will be responsible for contacting a program teacher or director to 1) notify staff, 2) find out what was missed, and 3) determine necessary information for the next program day (field trips, changes to arrival/departure times, supplies needed, etc.).

    *There is also a mandatory orientation for the summer program prior to the first day. All students who are accepted to the program, along with one parent/guardian, MUST attend. Those who cannot attend for unavoidable reasons must make alternative arrangements to meet at a different time.*

    What is the structure of the program? Field trips to both career sites and colleges will be scheduled throughout the program. 
    When will we know about field trips? Students will be given an itinerary of the week’s events on the Monday of each program week. This itinerary will include topics such as: trip destinations, changes to arrival/departure times, changes to dress codes, supplies needed, etc. For certain field trips/college visits, some students may attend while others remain on campus. STEP staff will make the final determination based on prior attendance and eligibility for each event.
    What topics will be covered? This program has been designed to engage students with hands-on activities that are both fun and educational. These are some program components from past summer programs: Community Service, putting on a blood drive for the Red Cross, Removal of invasive species at Montezuma Swamp, Food Chemistry, Environmental Science, Engineering (EPICS-HIGH), Science Bowl Competition, Math, Exercise Science, and SAT/ACT Boot Camp. Students will also participate in field trips to career sites and colleges. These topics will enhance student perspectives of various areas of science, technology, math, and engineering. They will also help prepare students for standardized testing and college-level coursework.
    When is the deadline to apply? Applications will be processed on a ‘rolling admission’ basis until a date (to be determined) in June, so interested students should mail their application and permission slip back as soon as possible in order to have the greatest chance for admission.
    What are the eating arrangements? Students will be given a morning snack. Students are required to bring their own lunch (unless otherwise indicated) and will not be permitted to purchase food off-campus. 

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