“Educators must respect and recognize the power of a student’s natural curiosity and create a learning community that encourages students to take the time to nurture and develop their ideas into a product that can be shared with others.”
- Ed Bringas & Dan Morrison, 2012


STEMinds for the Future is a multi-pronged strategy developed to address the needs of diverse learners, including students with learning and attention problems in NYC public schools.

The STEMinds network grew out of the LD in the Middle school network established in 2009. The LD in the Middle partnership consists of The Gateway Schools, Hunter College, CUNY, fhi360 and 5 NYC schools.

In 2011-2012, five New York City schools participated in the STEMinds Friday Student Forums: Gateway Middle School, Museum Magnet School, Salk School of Science, Cypress Hills Community School, and Science and Medicine Middle School.

The STEMinds Friday Student Forum supports students as they solve self-identified, real-world problems and create a legacy for themselves using science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Friday student forums and our online educational network (steminds.ning.com) provide the time and structure needed to nurture these students’ natural curiosity and their desire to help the community. As a result, students develop the executive function, motivation, and resilience strategies necessary to become lifelong learners and active members in the global community.

Highlights from 2011-2012

Fall 2011 - STEMinds Online Educational Network (steminds.ning.com) was established.

Spring 2012 - Students glowed as they presented their work at the 27th Annual Learning Differences Conference at The Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA. The title of the presentation was STEMinds for the Future: Creating a Student Legacy.


For more information about STEMinds for the Future, please contact the Development Office at The Gateway Schools, Mr. Carl Pozzi (cpozzi@gatewayschool.org; (212) 777-5966.