Columbia Engineering sponsors a range of youth programs that are designed to enhance public school education, introduce a new generation of urban youth to potential careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and create a new pipeline of students to the nation’s premier engineering schools.
The program focuses on the Harlem community, Columbia University's neighboring community. Our programs not only bring local public school students on campus so they can experience a college learning environment first hand, but also put University students and staff into local schools to enhance public school instruction. Undergraduate students graduate students, public school teachers and administrators, parents, and University staff and faculty work together and learn from each other as they enhance the public school STEM curriculum, improve instruction, and work with middle and high school students.
We work with other institutions of higher education (such as Teachers College), national educational associations (such as National EPICS), and local community groups (such as the Morningside Area Alliance) to maximize the positive impact from limited available resources.
We are grateful for generous assistance from the National Science Foundation, the Boeing Company, and the GE Foundation to support our youth programs.
Harlem Schools Partnership
In 2008, Teachers College partnered with Columbia Engineering to develop new academic enrichment programs in STEM fields, with an emphasis on applied science and engineering. The Harlem Schools Partnership provides targeted resources to a group of ten public schools in Harlem and Upper Manhattan. Teachers College and Columbia Engineering faculty members and staff work with principals and STEM teachers, offering in-class and after-school programs that aim to improve teaching and learning.