Dedicated to exposing students, especially those from underserved communities, to authentic experiences in STEM in order to increase student interest and confidence in pursuing STEM. The STEM Training and Education Program (STEP) is a STEM education and outreach program based at City of Hope. The goal of this program is to expose students, especially those in our local communities, to STEM through interactive and realistic experiences. We focus on working with K-12 students, but also offer opportunities for undergraduate students and above.
We hope that by involving students and members of our community in science with interesting presentations and engaging hands-on activities, we can spark a long-term love of science and motivate students to study science in school, college and beyond.
Through our programming, we aim to increase the number of underrepresented minority students studying or pursuing a career in science, cancer research or other STEM fields.
For elementary school students, STEP provides exciting hands-on science programs like Saturday Science Days and DNA classes during GATE programs.
We run several different programs for local middle school students both in school and out, including class visits and field trips, Saturday Seminars, Saturday Science Days and our Scientist Training Camp.
STEP is excited to offer a variety of summer and academic year programs for high school students, such as our Online Hybrid Research Course, Saturday Seminars, and the Hilton Science and Nutrition Summer Research Program.
STEP also participates in outreach and education events for the broader community. We host Saturday Science Days, visit classrooms in the LA area, give students tours of City of Hope, deliver presentations at workshops and have booths at community events.
Our team is passionate about introducing students to complex scientific concepts. We provide students with the support they need to complete the selected STEM Training and Education program successfully.