P-TECH students receive ‘Summer Bridge’ challenge

Published Aug 8, 2018 at 4:00pm

NEW HARTFORD — Students entering the P-TECH program at Oneida-Herkimer-Madison (OHM) BOCES for the 2018-19 school year will be welcomed with an annual “Summer Bridge” STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) challenge this week.

The challenge, involving 30 students from 10 school districts, began Monday and concludes Friday at OHM BOCES, 4747 Middle Settlement Road in New Hartford.

P-TECH is acronym given to the Pathways in Technology Early College High School program.

During the “Summer Bridge” challenge, students will work alongside upperclassmen, business and industry partners and representatives from Mohawk Valley Community College, said BOCES.

Using a modified pinewood derby frame, students will scheme, prototype and test an “egg crash vehicle” designed to carry and protect the egg it contains.

Participants include BNY Mellon, Indium Corp., Meyda Lighting, Mohawk Valley Edge, The Root Farm and Trenton Technology.

“Our Summer Bridge program is an inviting opportunity for new students to be exposed to the ‘P-TECH way’ of learning while networking with our partners in business and higher education who are instrumental in our mission to develop college, career and citizenship readiness for young learners,” said Erica Schoff, P-TECH OHM administrator.

P-TECH OHM offers an integrated high school and college curriculum focusing on STEM and workplace skills. Students earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree from MVCC at no cost.

Students also are involved in internships with businesses and industry participants.

School districts served by OHM BOCES include Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New York Mills, New Hartford, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.