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STEM Matters NYC Programs: College Course

Apply Now for Plants and Society!

Location: Genovesi Environmental Study Center in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn and SUNY Old Westbury, Old Westbury, NY

Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from Tuesday, July 7-Thursday, July 29, 2020
Times: 9:00am-3:30pm

The NYC Department of Education's Genovesi Environmental Study Center (GESC), in partnership with SUNY Old Westbury, are offering high school students an opportunity to experience a college-level course and earn four SUNY college credits. Plants and Society: An Introduction to Plants and Their Importance in Society, is a lecture and laboratory course that introduces students to the diversity of form and function in plants and emphasizes sustainability and plants' importance in society. Group and individual projects will include the use of light and dissecting microscopes, study of photosynthesis and cellular respiration, cultivation of common vegetables, and exploration of current research in Botany. Students who successfully pass this course will earn four SUNY college credits. Students are provided a daily MetroCard for travel to and from GESCGESC also provides round-trip transportation via yellow school bus from Atlantic Ave-Barclay Center for the entirety of the program.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Students must have passed the Living Environment Regents Exam.
  • Students must be entering grades 10, 11, or 12 in September 2020.
  • Students must be able to attend every class. There are no excused absences except for illness with a doctors note.
  • If your application is received by March 27 and you are selected as a finalist, you may be invited for an interview at GESC during spring break. Finalists whose applications are received after March 27, or those who cannot interview during spring break, may be invited for an interview on an alternate date in late April. Interviews are by appointment ONLY.
    • Interview dates: April 14, 15, and 16, 2020
    • Alternate interview dates for finalists not available during spring break: Late April before or after school

Genovesi Environmental Study Center

Atlantic Ave-Barclay Center Pick-Up