ACCESS meets during after school hours with our elementary aged children, and evenings with our high school children. ACCESS uses project-based curriculum such as FIRST Robotics and aligns with the National Science Standards. We strongly feel that introducing students to this type of curriculum in their early years will keep them engaged and they can easily move from the elementary to our high school programs- this is our STEM pipeline. Our affiliation with the National Society of Black Engineers increases our students access and availability to STEM Professionals, STEM programs, STEM competitions and college scholarships.

National Society of Black Engineers

Grades 7 through 12

National Society of Black Engineers (ACCESS NSBE Jr. Chapter) is designed to stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields, otherwise known as STEM. The goal is to encourage students to attend college and pursue technical degrees. Students meet weekly and participate in activities that help them discover the excitement of academic excellence, leadership, technical development and teamwork. Open to all 7th- 12th grade Bridgeport students. Weekly meetings are held at The University of Bridgeport every Thursday from 6pm to 8pm from September to May.

“Spark City” City-Wide FIRST Robotics Team

Grades 9 through 12

This program meets at Fairfield University three to four times a week October-April. FIRST Robotics combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call FIRST Robotics Competition “The Ultimate Sport for the Mind” and High school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It is as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.

FIRST Lego League

FIRST® LEGO® League is the most accessible, guided, global robotics competition, helping students and teachers to build a better future together. The program is built around theme-based Challenges to engage children ages 9 to 16 in research, problem solving, coding, and engineering. The foundation of the program are the FIRST® Core Values, which emphasize teamwork, discovery, and innovation. Students emerge more confident, excited, and equipped with the skills they need in a changing workforce. We have FLL Teams at Dunbar School, Classical Studies, and Muck Mudd Academy for Bridgeport students in grades 4th-6th in a after school setting.

Virtual Summer STEAM Enrichment

Grades 3 through 12

Due to COVID-19, the summer enrichment program is going virtual! Please click here to learn more about our FREE virtual programs for grades 3-12.

Girls Who Code Club

Grades 3 through 12

Girls Who Code curriculum mission is to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like. It aims to build the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the United States. The ACCESS GWC club meets every Tuesday from September- May at Crescent Crossing Community Room for 3rd-12th grade girls to use computer science as a tool to impact their community and join our sisterhood of supportive peers and role models.

She Looks Just Like Me

Annual Event

The purpose of this one-day event held every first Saturday in November is for minority girls between the ages of 11 and 17, who reside in the greater Bridgeport, CT area, to come together to explore, enhance their knowledge and increase their interest in careers in STEM.

Click here to register for ACCESS 2021-2022 Programs.