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STEP Academy @ City
Tech Robotics Team Takes Third Place
March 31, 2012 @ Albany Marriott,
team of local high school students enrolled in City Tech’s
pre-college programs won third place at the first statewide
Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP) Robotics Competition,
held during the 14th Annual STEP Statewide Conference in Albany.
The STEP Academy @ City Tech, the college’s newest
grant-funded program for Brooklyn middle and high school students,
sponsored its first robotics team, the Constructive Robeemakers.
Its members attend STEP Academy classes on Saturdays at City
Tech, and are also full-time students at Science Skills Center
High School for Science, Technology and the Creative Arts
in Downtown Brooklyn.
Members of the team and the positions they held included
Rama Sagna, mechanical engineer; Adrian Ayuso, electrical
engineer; Eduardo Arguello, computer engineer; and Tiara Mills,
Despite formidable odds, this year’s robotics team
came in third after working closely with the academy’s
staff (Ivonne Barreras and Edna Padillo), two City Tech faculty
members (Professors Andy Zhang and Iem Heng) and two college
mentors, who were supported by Principal Judy Henry of Science
Skills Center High School and its Math Assistant Principal
Edison Teano. The development of this award-winning project
included students conducting research, designing their entry
and building it, and writing an abstract for the competition.
They competed against 11 teams from other NYS STEP programs.
“I am extremely proud of Adrian, Eduardo, Rama and
Tiara because they demonstrate what policymakers, educational
researchers and practitioners understand to be the value pre-college
experiences have on self-motivation, determination and college
readiness,” says Barreras, director of the Office of
Collaborative Pre-College Programs. “It is through educational
partnerships like the one that funds The STEP Academy that
students gain early entry into college and earn their college
The academy prepares students to enter college and improve
their participation rates in science, mathematics, technology,
engineering and the licensed professions. At City Tech, the
initiative is currently in its first year of a five-year implementation
plan – which is being funded by the College, the New
York State Education Department and the New York City Department
of Education – to increase the number of Latinos who
graduate from college and become math teachers.
The academy is under the aegis of City Tech’s Office
of Collaborative Pre-College Programs, and offers select Brooklyn
high school students various pre-college experiences, including
college awareness, academic readiness and test preparedness
programs through 12-week Saturday courses. The goal is to
help parents and students from underrepresented groups participate
in high-quality pre-college experiences that will help them
to better prepare for academic success, earn college credits
and make a smooth transition to college life.
For more details about the The STEP Academy @ City Tech,
or call Ivonne Barreras, director, Office of Collaborative
Pre-College Programs, at 718.260.5216.
Pictured Above: The City Tech team celebrates its success.
Standing, from left to right: Prof. Andy Zhang, students Raymond
Yap, Thomas Dickson, Adrian Ayuso, Ramatoulaye Sagna and Eduardo
Arguello, and Prof. Iem Heng. Front row, kneeling: administrator
Edna Padillo and student Fritzpatrick Roque.
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