CSTEP Community Health and Science Fair

Hadjer Sahraoui, Staff Writer


On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Le Moyne College Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) will be hosting a Health and Wellness Fair in Syracuse to promote healthy living throughout the community.

CSTEP is a statewide, award-winning program sponsored by Le Moyne College and the New York State Department of Education. It is designed to foster underrepresented students’ academic success in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and to encourage them to become licensed professionals.

This event is a part of a $45,000 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service received by the program to help foster volunteerism among college students.

Darshini Roopnarine, director of CSTEP, is excited that her students will have the opportunity to positively impact members of the community.

“We have a lot of students in CSTEP going into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and so it would be great seeing them apply what they are learning in a beneficial way,” she said.

The Health and Science Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Syracuse Education Opportunity Center (SEOC), located at 100 New Street. It will feature a wide variety of activities, including science exhibits for children, free health and wellness services and healthy cooking demonstrations.

Among the free services offered are healthy weight and blood pressure screening, flu shot information, drug and alcohol prevention, exercise and stress relief demonstrations and advice from medical and wellness professionals. Organizers also intend to offer free fresh produce and a number of other health and science related giveaways.

Roopnarine projects about 700 members of the community will attend the Health and Science Fair on Sept. 29. She stresses the need for volunteers to assist with the various activities of the day and invites the Le Moyne community to join CSTEP in their effort to promote healthy living.

“The Health and Science Fair would be a valuable opportunity for students to enrich their college experience,” says senior and CSTEP student Ayan Mohamed, who was heavily involved with this project.

The Health and Science Fair is in collaboration with the SEOC, the Syracuse Community Health Center, the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Le Moyne College Health and Wellness Center, Syracuse University Health Services, Wegmans and a number of other companies and organizations. The event is open to all members of the Syracuse community.

For more information on the Health and Science Fair, or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Darshini Roopnarine at [email protected]