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York College Science and Technology Entry Program

Program Opportunities

For our current STEP students, click on the link to apply to a specific program offerings.

York College STEP "STEM into the Future" Scholarship Competition

Have you ever thought about what you wanted to be when you grow up? How about a product that you want to create when you grow up? Show us your invention ideas using Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) skills and creativity!

Enter our "STEM into the Future" competition, and you could be one of our $1,000 STEP Scholarship winners!!


First Round

Create a PowerPoint presentation on your ideas for a STEM product that will be useful, universal, and innovative 20 years from now. STEM ideas should come from STEM fields. This "future" creation can be purely imaginary or a real-world design upgraded for the year 2041.

Your PowerPoint should be a maximum of 10 slides. Submit Scholarship PowerPoint.

Deadline: June 20, 2021

Second Round

The 10 Winning Proposals will make it to the Second Round, and will ALL earn a prize. The Winning Proposals must have the most useful and innovative product. Scores will be based on the ideas, concepts, originality, and PowerPoint presentation quality.

ALL 10 Winners will be expected to present their slides at the York STEP End-of-Year Celebration held virtually on June 25, 2021, at 4 PM.

Scholarship Awards Finalized on June 25, 2021

Dependent on the quality of the presentation on June 25, the Winners will share the following prizes.

  • 1st Prize One Student (7-9 grade) = $1,000
  • 1st Prize One Student (10-12 grade) = $1,000
  • Other Prizes ranging from $250-750

For current 10th and 12th graders

HTML/CSS Coding Summer Bootcamp

(July - August 2021)

Join our virtual summer coding Bootcamp and you can pick up some coding skills. You will learn a variety of programming languages such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript from scratch. You will gain the skills needed to build websites and get started on the path to becoming a web developer.

Session I for students entering grades 7-9

  • Dates/Times: Monday & Wednesday (July 5– August 18th) – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Course Topics: HTML, CSS, Responsive CSS & Box Model, CSS Flexbox, CSS Frameworks, Course Projects

Session II for students entering grades 10-12

  • Dates/Times: Tuesday & Thursday (July 6th – August 19th) –10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Course Topics: HTML, CSS, Responsive CSS & Box Model, JavaScript, Course Projects

Apply for the HTML/CSS Summer Bootcamp

York STEP Virtual Tutoring!

(for all grades)

Would you like a Tutor to double-check your homework, prepare for final exams/projects, practice for next year's Math and ELA, or give you test-taking tips and academic advice?  

Begin scheduling your Virtual Tutoring sessions. You can then view the Tutoring Schedule and make an appointment instantly! Tutors are available by subject and grade level (in parenthesis next to their names). You must be an accepted York STEP Student to get these free services! Please read below:

  • Sessions are scheduled in 30-minute increments but will run for 25 minutes. Come prepared with the specific topic!
  • Appointments: 
    • You can schedule up to 1 appointment per day up to 5 appointments per week.
    • Appointments can only be scheduled 5 hours or more in advance.
    • Students can cancel an appointment up to 20 hours in advance. Three no-shows will deactivate your account!
    • When an appointment is made, the student and the tutor receive confirmation emails.

STEP Virtual Field Trips

(for all grades)

As part of York College’s Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP), we are scheduling Virtual Field Trips for you and your family. Let’s prove that we can learn about science and technology anywhere while staying safe and healthy. 

LocationsDay & Time

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

(05/20) Glowing Genes: Watch a scientist manipulate the genes of a jellyfish to make it start glowing!

(05/26) Human DNA Fingerprinting: Help scientists solve this crime with DNA! Learn how DNA analysis combined with crime scene data draws conclusions about each suspect.

May 20th @ 4:00 PM

May 27th @ 4:00 PM

Queens Botanical Garden 

Explore the math and patterns behind the plant growth and explore how plants make their shapes. This class is limited to 25 students and their families.

If a student cannot attend this date, there is a repeat date on 6/6.

May 23rd @ 12:00PM & 2:00PM

(7-9th Grade @ 12:00pm & 10-12th Grade AT 2:00PM)

June 6th @ 12:00PM & 2:00PM

(7-9th Grade @ 12:00pm & 10-12th Grade AT 2:00PM)


We hope you can join us for lunch and a live tour of CERN, an international physics laboratory in Switzerland. Only STEP students will receive a live tour of the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments as scientists probe the fundamental structure of particles that make up everything around us. Physics at its best!

Alternate date: 6/24.

June 3rd @ 11:00AM

June 24th @ 11:00AM

Urban Park Rangers, City of New York

Climate Change and Your Ecosystem: Learn more about climate change, and how it is affecting all New Yorkers today!

If a student cannot attend on 6/13, there is a repeat date of 6/26.

June 13th @ 12:00PM

June 26th @ 12:00PM

Liberty Science Center

Science on a Sphere’s Violent Planet: Let’s end the school year with a Big Bang! From our planet’s currently active volcanoes and earthquakes to Earth’s distant past, this lab explores the often violent forces that have shaped our planet.

June 27th @ 1:00PM