STEM Centers

NYC FIRST STEM Centers bring hands-on, sustained STEM education and FIRST robotics programs to schools and communities that do not typically get access to the advanced equipment and expert teaching resources that they need and deserve.

About the NYC FIRST STEM Centers

We have two STEM Centers – one at the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, and the other in partnership with New York Public Library at the Washington Heights Branch. 

Both STEM Centers offer a range of formal and informal courses, programs, and workshops that integrate a range of disciplines, including computer science, digital and non-digital fabrication, mechanical engineering, electronics and sensors.

What We Offer

Our STEM Centers are outfitted with a range of digital and non-digital fabrication equipment and tools, including 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers, miter saws, drill presses, metals saws, and a host of other tools. 

For our broader FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) community, we also have an FTC field for teams to practice on.​

Our two STEM Centers are the first in a planned network of STEM education centers that provide valuable, scarce STEM education services to students, teachers and communities across the five boroughs.

STEM Center Programs

High School Credit-Bearing Courses

The NYC FIRST STEM Centers provide local high schools with 3-hour-long credit-bearing, year-long courses as part of an advanced, immersive, sustained engineering curriculum. Students in these courses have access to high-end technology, machines, equipment and tools, as well as access to workforce training, internships and career opportunities

Summer Programs

Students will be exposed to science, technology, engineering and math skills through hands-on learning. They will gain experience in 2D design, 3D design, digital fabrication, programming, and physical computing all while experimenting with circuitry, microcontrollers, Vinyl Cutters, Laser Cutters, and 3D Printers. During each week of this program, students will conceive of an idea, test it out, and make it happen.

Make Summer Program @ Cornell Tech

After-School and Weekend Workshops

The NYC FIRST STEM Centers offer after-school and weekend workshops, as well as open hours. Please see the offerings at each of our locations.

Professional Development

Get teaching, training and guidance by our experienced and expert educators. We currently offer PD for educators interested in applying Design Thinking and Rapid Prototyping approaches to their curriculum.

Private Events & Workshops

Book a Private Events and/or Private Workshop in our beautiful Cornell Tech location. You will have access to all of our fabrication equipment as well as enjoy the stunning views from the Tata Innovation Center. To book an Event or Workshop please contact us.

Free Resources for Educators

Coming Soon! We are excited to launch resources for educators and administrators looking to bring making and robotics into their curriculum and programming.