Welcome to STEP; the Science Technology Entry Program at Lynch Middle School and Amsterdam High School.

FMCC STEP is a "Model Program in NY" per the NYS Education Department Audit Dec. 2018

Our goal is to provide transformational STEM experiences for our students so that they will enter college confidently and be prepared to become world-changers in the STEM fields

If you are serious about making the most of your time at GASD and excelling in college within STEM, then STEP is for YOU!


We serve 12 students per Grade (Spots limited)

  1. Students must be in grades 7-12th

  2. Qualify for Free /Reduced Lunch (parent must verify)


  1. Be underrepresented in the STEM fields; Hispanic/Latino, African American, Native American, Native Alaskan.

  2. Must be College Bound

  3. Have some interest in pursuing a job in the STEM fields.

  4. Have and maintain a solid GPA (80%+)


FMCC STEP has a history of excellence. Since its inception in 1998 at GASD our students have achieved BIG things!

Through our services we have a 100% Graduation rate.

Our STEP students win prestigious scholarships and have attended incredible colleges and universities.

Take a look around and see for yourself!

Awards, Recognitions and Prizes

Envirothon (County Winner in 2016, 2017 and 2020)

National Science Bowl Regional (Regional Winner in 2011)

FMCC STEP Scholar's Bowl (Winner in 2019 and 2020)

Research Awards: Senior Division; 4th place (2014), 3rd place (2015 & 2017)

Gates Millennium Winners (2) (Adorno 2015, Maldonado 2016)

Torch Scholars (2) (Adorno 2015, Maldonado 2016)

What we do

  • After School STEM Workshops

  • Saturday Academy (HS only)

  • Tutoring & SAT Preparation

  • Field Trips

  • STEM Career Exploration

  • Professional Conferences

  • College Readiness

  • Competitions

  • Research Opportunities & Internships

Want to know more?

Check out our "About" Page for more information

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What we expect

  • Commitment

  • Maintain an 80+ GPA

  • Work towards an Advanced Regents Diploma

  • Conduct 1 Research Project

  • Attend College after Graduation

All STEP services and resources are offered at no cost to participants.

Where our Students have Gone...

Clarkson University

Columbia University

Le Moyne College

Northeastern University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Russell Sage College

St. Rose

Syracuse University

SUNY Albany, Buffalo, Canton, Plattsburg

Utica College


Meet Some of our Alumni...

Gabriel Amaya Class of 2012

Michael DeJesus Class of 2012

Lesley Cordero Class of 2013

Jonathan Adorno Class of 2015

Are you a FMCC STEP Alumni with a story or update to share? Click Here!

In their own Words...

Senior Farewell Astrid (Class of 2020)
Senior Farewell Rachel (Class of 2020)
Alumni "Covid" Encouragement E. Cole (Class of 2015)