Bridging the Gaps(BTG)/ Science, Technology, Entry Program (STEP)

BTG/STEP

PROGRAM CONTACT

Bridging the Gaps Program/STEP Program

250 Jay Street
M-208
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone:718-260-5207

Fax:718-260-5503

Courses

ELA - Critical Thinking and Writing (Middle School)

In the course, we will focus on reading with understanding. To practice reading and to build reading comprehension skills, you will be expected to: annotate all assigned readings, look up and write the definitions of words you don't understand, respond to readings in your own words through take-home quizzes and writing prompts, and discuss readings with the class during our virtual class meetings. For each poem, short story, or essay assigned for class, you also will need to write down and share at least one question you have about the day's reading.

Algebra II and Trigonometry

In this online three-week Algebra/Trigonometry course is divided into several lessons: Complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, higher degree polynomial functions, and trigonometry. This course focuses on math concepts, common core goals, and test taking skills. Students would be using “Delta Math” that provide correct answer feedback. Students would also have to attend to ZOOM class and Google Classroom virtually.

Pre-Algebra/Algebra Prep

The Math Advantage Prep course will review the fundamentals of mathematics. The fundamentals include the basic operations of arithmetic on whole numbers, fractions and decimals. These operations will be used in dealing with ratio, proportions, percent, simple geometry and algebra. As students demonstrate understanding of these basic concepts, they will progress into higher-level topics such as the use of variables; properties of numbers and of equality; solving equations and inequalities; problem solving. The Math Advantage Prep course will follow the Common Core State Standards, as well as the mathematical practices which are designed for students to achieve success in the major topics that Pre-Algebra covers.

English Language Arts (ELA - High School)

In the course, we will focus on reading with understanding and writing with detail. To build reading skills, you will be expected to: annotate all assigned readings, look up and write the definitions of words you don't understand, respond to readings in your own words through take-home quizzes and writing prompts, and discuss readings with the class during our virtual class meetings. For each poem, short story, or essay assigned for class, you also will need to share at least one question you have about the day's reading. To practice writing with detail and build writing skills you will: create thesis statements, cite supporting quotations from the text as evidence for your thesis/point/argument, and then write with detail in your own words to connect the quotes you have cited with the thesis/point/argument you are trying to prove.

Robotics

In this course, students will learn how to conduct research using industrial design, including robotics and simulation to design and construct a robot. Learning technical research skills and how to write a research paper are skills essential for success in college. Getting an early start in STEM fields, Math, Science and research will give students an academic advantage. Conducting their research in conjunction with robotics gives a meaningful context for students to acquire these skills.

Web Development / Programming

This course is an intensive introduction to computer programming using the Java language. Through lectures and lab assignments, students will learn the fundamentals of the Java programming language including control structures and user-defined methods. Concepts of object-oriented-programming will be demonstrated through the introduction of class objects and class inheritance. Students also will learn to create simple Graphic User Interfaces and web applications. Some Java libraries will be introduced in developing application projects, for example, string manipulation classes. Emphasis in the course will be placed on the development, implementation, and execution of projects with an eye to industry standards.

SAT Math and English Prep (Only for rising 11th and 12th Grade):

In this course, students will focus on the fundamentals skills and strategies to succeed on the SAT exam. Students will receive a course book in which the professor will use for the duration of the class. Students will take pre-exams to help best prepare for the SAT exam. Our goal will be focusing on how best to approach the test in order to get the highest score possible.

PSAT Math and English Prep (Only for rising 10th and 11th Grade)

In this course, students will focus on the fundamentals skills and strategies to succeed on the PSAT exam. Students will receive a course book in which the professor will use for the duration of the class. Students will take pre-exams to help best prepare for the PSAT exam. Our goal will be focusing on how best to approach the test in order to get the highest score possible.

Introduction to College: Preparing for College, What Parents, Guardians, and Students Need to Know

This workshop will cover many issues relating to the college process including: the credits and subject areas needed to graduate high school on time, the standardized examinations deadlines, specialized programs available-no cost, the admissions process, the college application process, scholarships, tuition, creating a portfolio, fee waivers, test preparation, the new SAT, ACT, essays, completing the FAFSA form, how to handle school related issues. Campus living, what to expect.

Video Game Design

It provides students with the opportunity to design, program, and create fully functional video games. The course will introduce basic programming and design skills that are essential to developing a video game. Topics covered are math, physics, level design, and computer programming. This course will instruct students on how to use problem solving in real world situations. Students will also learn the basics of programming structure and the software development life cycle.