Developing the next generation of STEM leaders

By Karen Young

Andrew Prophete, National Grid Project Manager, received an achievement award from the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation. This is the sixth time that the Foundation has presented achievement awards to Brooklyn Tech High school alumni and former teachers for giving back and/or distinguishing themselves in their respective career path. Andrew graduated in the class of 1986, he received the “Blue and White Service Award” in recognition for his service to Tech’s Middle School STEM Pipeline Program. National Grid is Brooklyn Tech’s lead partner and Andrew has served as the main liaison and manager. He has been actively involved in the program’s successful implementation over the last four years. The program was launched to introduce middle school students, especially in underserved communities, to the exciting world of STEM and develop the next generation of STEM leaders. During his acceptance speech Andrew talked about how the curriculum included hands-on project-based  learning in STEM disciplines like automation and robotics, design and modeling, energy and the environment and science technology and instrumentation.

On the weekends, in the fall and spring, students took test preparation specifically tailored to prepare for the standardized test required for entrance into New York’s specialized high schools. National Grid provides funding and mentoring support and as of 2017, four groups have passed through the program. Of the 80 kids who have finished the program, 57 were accepted to a specialized high school with 37 being accepted to Tech. “For those who elect not to attend one of these schools, the program is still a success because the seed has been planted and roots have been watered for future nurturing. I’m proud to be a part of this team and look forward to seeing how this program and Tech influences the lives of these young people,”  Andrew said.

Andrew is joined by colleagues and their children, family and friends to celebrate his recognition

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