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Science and Technology Entry Program (S.T.E.P.)
Science and Technology Entry Program (S.T.E.P.)


The following activities are open to all grades, 9-12, unless otherwise noted.

Saturday NOVA Academy & NOVA Summer Camp

A series of Saturday sessions are held during the school year on the RIT campus. Enrichment classes in Math and Leadership skill building workshops will be held during the fall semester. The winter semester will include hands-on, project-based workshops in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and math). Past workshops have included: imaging science, DNA & forensics, mathematics, robotics, and computer game development. The NOVA Summer Academy follows a similar format; however instead of Saturday sessions, students attend a one or two week camp.
See the calendar for dates.

STEP Interaction Workshops

STEP Interaction Workshops are held after-school for all STEP students interested in project based activities and competitions. Teacher-coaches work with students to complete projects and prepare them for academic competitions such as, Leadership Competition, Science Bowl, Research Project Competition, and Math Bowl. In addition, the STEP Program Coordinator at your school will provide workshops on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and College Access.

College & Career Exploration

College & Career Exploration is a series of college visits to campuses within the Rochester region and across New York State. Visits are scheduled throughout the year. Past visits have included Binghamton University, Ithaca College, Clarkson University, Long Island University, Syracuse University, Old Westbury, St. John's University and others. These trips are open to juniors only. Non-juniors must be approved by the STEP Coordinator.

RIT College & Careers

Rising eleventh grade students are invited to attend the College & Careers two-day residential college exploration experience at RIT. Students have the opportunity to experience college life and explore a variety of programs in their area of interest. STEP covers all registration fees.

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Leadership Development

A series of Leadership skill building workshops are offered afterschool. These workshops are focused on goal setting, time management and personal development.


A variety of mentoring opportunities are provided by RIT students. RIT students work as coordinators in the NOVA Saturday Academy. In addition RIT NSBE students (National Society of Black Engineers) offer mentoring in the STEM curriculums.


Tutoring is provided through the NOVA Saturday Academy and Regents Review sessions are held at school in preparation for final exams.

SAT Prep Classes

A six-week SAT Prep session is held prior to the spring SAT Testing dates. Classes held at school.

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STEP Annual Conference in Albany, NY
STEP requires students attending the conference to participate in the research project competition. Students work in teams and must present their project at the conference to a team of judges. All students attending must commit to 8-10 weeks of preparation to be eligible to attend the conference.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Conference
NSBE sponsors a conference (usually three days) for students interested in the STEM professions. Students have the opportunity to attend workshops, network with college students and professionals, and learn about the many opportunities in the STEM career fields.

Senior Banquet and Graduation Gift

All eligible graduating seniors and their parents will be invited to an end of the year banquet. Students will be recognized for their accomplishments and the RIT Scholarships will be announced.

STEP Activities geared to students with a 3.0 GPA or better:

  • Math & Science Bowl
  • College Tour
  • Internship referral
  • NSBE Jr. (National Society of Black Engineers)

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