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QUESTAR III is a public educational service agency providing instructional and support services to 23 public school districts in Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties.

Our New Visions program began in September of 2000, to provide a unique educational experience for students seeking BS, MS, or PhD degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. High school seniors delve deeply into these areas, with assistance from generous STEM professionals who volunteer to share their expertise with our class.

Through academics, site visits, guest speakers, mentoring, and engaging projects, New Visions students work at a level that prepares them for college and helps them to see the benefits of not just starting, but completing, a STEM major. New Visions alumni attend some of the finest colleges and universities in the country.

Motivated high school juniors within the Questar III service area are encouraged to apply via their high school guidance office. The process begins in late fall, so let your counselor know you are interested early on!


We employ project based learning with an integrated curriculum. Students meet in a 3.5 hour block each morning to study the subjects of science, engineering, English, economics, and government, using a cooperative approach in which concepts from each subject are applied to a variety of projects. Specific high school course credits are as follows:

Rensselaer Physics 1100 & 1200

4 Rensselaer credits each,
0 High School credits

Participation in Government
1/2 Credit
1/2 Credit
English 12 (ELA)
1 Credit
Advanced Engineering Research and Applications (AERA)
1 Credit
Physical Education
Independent study through special arrangement
1/4 Credit

All class projects are linked to the appropriate standards and students fully participate in all appropriate state assessments.

The program is located on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and is facilitated by Rensselaer's Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center.









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