Special Programs and Grants

Spotlight Programs

  • Summer Case Study

    Energy Tech students participated in a summer case study, which ended in a formal presentation at LaGuardia Community College. In the audience were professionals from Con Edison, Solar One, the New York City Department of Education, LaGuardia Community College, and Energy Tech.

  • Shakespeare Festival

    Students practice the skills they learned from our teacher and visiting teaching artist from the New York City Shakespeare Festival. Our students have developed storylines and scripts for short scenes which have been performed both at our school and at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

  • Liberty Partnership

    Students present about their experience participating in the Liberty Partnership Saturday class series at a culminating event. Students from Energy Tech and other local schools participated in a wide range of programs, and parents and staff were invited to these presentations to learn more about the student experience.

  • Solar One

    Students learn about the basics of electricity in Solar One projects, and are pictured here in activities using multimeters, resistors, breadboards, and other basic electrical and electronic components. The projects are interesting and fun for both students and staff.

  • Verizon STEM Grant

    Our young women receive additional STEM enrichment through the generous support of Verizon. We are looking forward to expanding robotics and coding programs through this initiative, and look forward to offering this great opportunity to incoming students.

  • Industry Field Visits

    In this photo, students learn basic skills in map and blueprint reading at National Grid’s Jamaica, NY learning center. Students enjoy learning what a typical day is like in a range of careers at National Grid and Con Edison through these visits.

  • Industry Mentoring

    Once per month, professionals from National Grid and Con Edison generously give us their time as mentors. Students look forward to the personal connection with and advisements from these professionals about both college and career.

  • Job Shadowing

    In the fall of 2014, approximately 20 10th grade students participated in a job shadowing series through Con Edison. Click here to learn more about this program and to hear from one of our students who participated.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Industry Mentoring — Once per month at Energy Tech, we hold industry mentoring sessions for all 10th grade students for approximately one hour. During this time, mentors from National Grid and Con Edison come into the school and work with small groups of students. They work on a variety of topics such as goal setting, teamwork skills, resume-building, interview skills, and conflict resolution. Working with professionals in this type of setting, students learn how to interact in a more professional manner while also getting authentic advice and support about college, careers, and good citizenship.   

Job Shadowing — Energy Tech offers a Job Shadowing program in the fall to 10th grade students. During the program, students visit Con Edison’s headquarters in Manhattan after school and attend a series of highly engaging and interactive job shadowing sessions. Each week, employees from different sectors within the company set up stations with equipment, interactive demonstrations, and displays to explain what they do in their everyday work lives. The students learn about careers within various fields such as engineering, law, and media and how it applies to and functions within the company.

Industry Field Visits — In 9th grade, students are exposed to the industry through a series of events. These include:

  • Visiting Con Edison’s Learning Center and Astoria Lab facilities, where students learn about troubleshooting and repairing electronic equipment. These eventful days serve as an introduction to Con Edison and the work in our local utility industry. Students tour the facilities, learn about the technologies used, participate in hands-on demonstrations, and learn about the numerous career opportunities at Con Edison.
  • Visiting National Grid’s Learning Center in Jamaica, Queens. This hands-on day introduces our 9th grade students to National Grid. The students witness a natural gas ignition and learn about the conditions under which it can ignite. They also learn how National Grid fuses plastic pipes together in a hand-on demonstration. They also work on a hands-on map reading exercise for the remainder of the day. The students learn more about a broad range of careers focused on natural gas within the local utility industry, and also learn more about what a typical day of work is like.

In 10th grade, students revisit Con Edison’s Astoria Lab to work on a project that furthers their knowledge of circuits. They observe a lemon circuit demo, in which a lemon is used to build a battery to power a light bulb. There is also an interactive demonstration involving a radio, and a transformer demonstration to pique curiosity about how transformers actually work. The main activity during the trip is the building and soldering of a circuit. Students are given a schematic and the necessary equipment to build the corresponding circuit. Once it is complete, they measure the frequency produced by the circuit and attach a small speaker to listen to frequencies. As the school grows, we continue to develop the specific trips, projects, and activities offered to students through our partnerships. Check back for more information in the future!

GRANTS AND ADDITIONAL PARTNERSHIPS

Verizon STEM Grant — Energy Tech has been awarded a generous grant intended to improve STEM programming and access for underrepresented students in our community. Energy Tech launched a Women in STEM initiative in 2013 in order to support and retain current students, as well as recruit additional female students as they are underrepresented in both the field and our school community. Energy Tech was awarded funds to continue to develop this program by acquiring additional equipment and securing additional mentors for increased activities. The Women in STEM program at Energy Tech will use funding for an after-school initiative in which students will learn more about coding, 3-D fabrication, robotics, and engineering careers. This will take shape through hands-on activities, field trips, small-group mentoring, guest speakers, networking events, and interactive workshops. Energy Tech is deeply appreciative of this support, and elated to launch these activities in the spring of 2015! Stay tuned for more information and updates about this exciting project.

Solar One – NYSERDA — Energy Tech is a recipient of additional funding through a NYSERDA grant focused on bringing green careers and clean technology into energy-focused high school programs. Through this grant, Energy Tech students and teachers benefit from weekly visits from a visiting instructor from Solar One. 9th and 10th grade students participate in weekly project based learning in science and CTE courses, learning more about energy and clean technology. Some activities include construction of solar cars, wind turbines, batteries, electromagnets, circuits, solar ovens, and more. Students additionally conduct an energy audit of the building, go on boiler room tours, listen to guest speakers, and help build a mobile solar-powered charging unit. 10th grade students are also offered the opportunity to participate in a GPRO Fundamentals certificate course, and teachers also complete a GPRO Fundamentals + Electrical training and certificate exam. Solar One also supports our after-school Sustainability Club, and connects the school with fun and interactive challenges and competitions related to energy and environmentalism. Both students and staff enjoy and appreciate the learning activities provided by this grant.

Liberty Partnership — Through the generosity of Liberty Partnership, Energy Tech students participate in exciting Saturday and summer academic and extracurricular programming. Some of the courses our students have participated in include Digital Photography, Latin Dance, Art, Engineering (Statics, GIS, SolidWorks, etc.), SAT Prep, Swimming, and more. Students have the opportunity to participate in these experiences on a college campus with other high school students, and appreciate the enrichment and camaraderie. Liberty Partnership additionally sponsors after-school STEM clubs at Energy Tech, supplements our equipment inventory for robotics competitions, and sponsors field trips to places like Brookhaven Laboratory, college campuses, weekend retreats, and even Broadway shows.

Shakespeare Festival — Through the support of CUNY School Support and Design, Energy Tech participates in the annual New York City Shakespeare Festival. In this program, Energy Tech teachers are trained at day-long seminars throughout the year in teaching both Shakespearean plays and also foundational theatrical skills to students. Teaching artists are paired with schools for added enrichment, and students work closely with a teacher and a teaching artist to develop a scene for performance. After much practice, students perform their piece at an off-Broadway theater in the spring. Energy Tech students and staff enjoy this connection with the Arts, and the Shakespeare Club meets on Tuesdays in the spring to prepare for this lively event.

Energy Tech is also thankful for the support of National Grid, Con Edison, the Pershing Square Foundation, the Bezos Family Foundation, the Early College Initiative at CUNY, the New York City Department of Education, LaGuardia Community College, and the Siegel Family Endowment. We greatly appreciate their support of after-school and academic programming, teacher development activities, and various other initiatives at Energy Tech.