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News Byte: New York Tech Brings Engineering Courses to High School Students

May 12, 2020

As part of its mission to give all qualified students access to opportunity, New York Institute of Technology is joining a group of prestigious universities from across the country helping to bring engineering courses to high school students.

Engineering for US All (E4USA) is a first-of-its-kind national initiative designed to introduce engineering design principles to a new generation of students. The program was launched last fall as a novel engineering curriculum in high schools across the United States. For the 2020-2021 academic year, NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences will bring introductory engineering courses to high school students through a partnership with the Marymount School, a college preparatory school for girls based in New York City.

The E4USA program, which is supported by the National Science Foundation, aims to expand access to engineering for high school students; encouraging them to see themselves as engineers and helping them recognize the role of engineering in their everyday lives.

“The College of Engineering and Computing Sciences has maintained a laser focus on engaging pre-university students in STEM and particularly engineering-related disciplines,” said Dean Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D “Additionally, this outreach initiative with local high schools enables us to address our priority of broadening student participation across our programs in terms of ethnic as well as gender diversity.”

As a new E4USA university partner, New York Tech will be joining the five founding universities— Arizona State University, University of Maryland, Morgan State University, Vanderbilt University, and Virginia Tech—in helping E4USA reach over 2,000 students in the 2020-2021 academic year. This builds on the more than 400 students E4USA has already reached in this current academic year, many of whom are planning to study engineering in college.