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Hands-on tech and design high school to open in Brooklyn Navy Yard

February 11, 2019 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle

On Feb. 12, a $17 million new high school within the Brooklyn Navy Yard known as the Brooklyn STEAM Center will be the scene of an opening ceremony presided over by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp., the city Department of Education and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

While the term STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – is by now well-known in educational centers, STEAM adds the arts (the “A” in the acronym) to the mix.

According to a news release, the school will “bring juniors and seniors together from eight Brooklyn high schools interested in cutting-edge manufacturing and design fields in direct and frequent contact with Navy Yard manufacturing tenants.”

“Our ambition is that it will be a next-generation model for career and technical schools here in New York City,” The New York Times quoted David Ehrenberg, the president and chief executive officer of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, as saying.

“The Brooklyn STEAM Center, the first of its kind facility in NYC, will serve hundreds of juniors and seniors as part of their pursuit of a high quality and technical education programs,” BP Adams said when the project was unveiled in October, according to Metro New York. “Upon graduation, it will provide them with a portfolio of work that meets industry expectations, a network of professional contacts, proficiency across a set of technical and professional competencies.”

Of the $17 million that made the project possible, $12 million came from the City of New York and $5 million came from Adams’ office. The school is located in Building 77, a one-million-square-foot structure that reopened in 2017.

During World War II, the building contained the offices for the U.S. Navy’s high command for the North Atlantic Fleet.

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