The City School District of Albany's science curriculum provides a combination of hands-on activities and inquiry-based learning that supports both literacy and critical-thinking skills for all students beginning in prekindergarten.
Students in elementary and middle school have the opportunity to participate in annual science fairs, including the city-wide Joseph Henry Science Fair at The College of Saint Rose. Students from elementary school through Albany High School also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of science- and technology-themed clubs and after-school activities, including award-winning robotics clubs.
Science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, also is the theme of one of the district's three elementary magnet schools -- Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST).
At Albany High, one of the school's four themed academies, Innovation Academy, focuses on STEM concepts across all disciplines. The curriculum for all students is rich in STEM-related opportunities, including numerous Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses, the Project Lead the Way engineering pathway, and the school's groundbreaking "NanoHigh" partnership with the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.