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Are you interested in anything to do with science, technology, engineering, or mathematics? Start here, where there are a ton of great resources for you from everything from figuring out what to do with your life, to getting scholarships to pay to make your dreams come true in college.
Trying to Pick a College?
Picking the right college can be a difficult task. These websites are here to make it easier for you. Check them out, you’ll be surprised with all the things you can learn from them.
- Online College Database
-Great site to look up different colleges based on state, tuition, 2 year vs 4 year, and so much more.
College Prep 101
– This great resource tells you a lot about the college experience and how you can get ready for it. This site walks you through everything, starting with a college planning checklist, and even helps you get ready to go to college with a “what to bring” checklist. If you’re in the process of searching for a college or getting ready to leave for college, give this site a try.
Online PhD Guide
– Thinking about getting a PhD? This website will tell you everything you need to know before pursuing your PhD. Learn everything from how to write your dissertation, to doing your research.
Career Center (UC Berkeley)
– Puzzled about your future? Give this website a try. It will help you learn about yourself, and in the process, the best major for your personality
Syracuse University (Online Program)
– Engage in an advanced, integrated, online curriculum from a top-ranked institution, and learn from a distinguished faculty of engineers and researchers without interrupting your career. Engage in the power of Syracuse University.
Career Services (MU)
-I particularly like this website because it is different from the rest. It talks about jobs and internships, and goes into post college in depth. Not only that, but it also talks about things like writing resumes, creating a LinkedIn account, getting references, and a bunch of other goodies.
What Should You Do? Career Resources
Figuring out what you want to do with the rest of your life can be very difficult. Check out some of the links below, they might just help you finalize your decisions for your future.
- Discovering Engineering
-Resources for anyone thinking about becoming an engineer. Interesting facts that I bet you never knew!
American Math Society – How Mathematics Can Help You Build Your Career
-Resources for anyone wondering why to study math and what it can do for you in your STEM career.
-Looking at a career in marine science? Come visit this page for some great resources!
The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers
– Really cool resource to figure out what scientist and engineers actually do in the workforce. Very useful even if you know what you want to be when you grow up!
– Science Career resources from the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Career Basics: Advice and Resources for Scientists
– Struggling with your next career step? Science Careers’ editorial team brings you “Career Basics: Advice and Resources for Scientists.” The booklet provides advice and help on preparing CVs and resumes, writing grants and scientific papers, networking, and much more.
Careers in Spaceflight
– Profiles of individuals who work in spaceflight.
Genomic Careers: Find Your Future
– Discover your future in the world of Genomics… 14 videos included
Hands-On Extracurricular Experiences
Do you want hands-on experiences to put down on your college applications? There are several STEM competitions that you can get involved with at your local elementary, middle, and high school.
- Future City
-The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future.
-The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program provides the extra incentive and the perfect atmosphere for students to push themselves to achieve more in mathematics. Consisting of fun and creative problems that promote critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, the MATHCOUNTS competitions have written and oral rounds, as well as individual and team components.
-The Science Olympiad offers annual competitions (Regional, State, and National) for Middle and High School students who have the opportunity to collaborate on a number of project based/real world challenges.
-The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) is a world-wide program for students as young as elementary, to as old as high school. Elementary students will solve real-world problems with Legos (Jr. FLL), middle school students will build Lego robots to do a specific challenge (FLL), middle school students also have the option to build VEX robots (FTC), high school students get to build larger (six feet tall, 120 lbs) robots (FTC).
-The BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) competition is similar to the FIRST FRC (high school) competition, where high school students build a large robot designed to do a specific time, working alongside professional engineers as mentors.
– The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science. High school and middle school students are quizzed in a fast paced question-and-answer format similar to Jeopardy. Competing teams from diverse backgrounds are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach.
– A list of NASA student competitions
– The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB®) is one program that prepares the next generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers, researchers, technicians, environmental advocates, and informed citizens to accept this challenge.
– The JPL Annual Invention Challenge is a friendly, yet challenging competition open to JPL employees and contractors, their family members, and students from local middle and high schools. Each year, a different engineering challenge is selected. The goal of the Invention Challenge is to show students that math, science, and engineering can be fun.
Real-World Experiences Through Internships
Get a step above everyone else by having a summer internship. You might think you are too young, but all of these internships are for high school students. Some of them pay pretty well too!
Unfortunately there are too many internships out there to list on this page. Some great places to start are listed below, but just make sure you know that even though you might be in high school, employers still want you as an intern!
- NASA INSPIRE
– The Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience, or INSPIRE, is a multi-tier year-round program designed for students in ninth to 12th grade who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.
-The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offers high school students several different internships around the country.
-This website provides a bunch of different internships specific to different states and universities (that your high school student can intern at).
Every student needs money for school. Check out some of these great scholarships to help pay for the rising cost of college.
Andrew Rock Foundation Offering students studying in the field of technology and computational mathematics financial support throughout their undergraduate career (annual application is required), with support increasing by 50% each consecutive year of qualification. First year students receive $5,000. Applications open in the middle of January.
-A list of scholarships for students of color
-College Board has a lot of resources including tons of different scholarships
-A list of scholarships for women
-A list of engineering scholarships
-A list of Aerospace Engineering scholarships
-A list of Chemical Engineering scholarships
-A list of Materials Science scholarships
-A list of scholarships for every category including scholarships for international students, married students, military students, minority students, study abroad students, transfer students, and women.
Scholarship Writing Guides
-Scholarship writing guide that everyone sholud read before starting a scholarship essay
-A how-to guide on how to write a scholarship essay
STEM Resources and Homework Help
Are you struggling in one of your classes? Take a look at the resources below to become more motivate, and get help with your homework, separated by the STEM disciplines. Any of the STEM disciplines are not easy, so get all the help you can.
-From the Discovery Channel, here comes help with your sciences!
-Help with science for middle school level!
-Help with science for high school level!
-This may not be specific help, but you can learn a lot from this website. If you’re struggling anywhere, you should be able to find examples on this website
-From the Discovery Channel, here comes help with your technology classes!
-Resources for various disciplines in technology
-Tons of resources, and a discussion board for Mechanical Engineering questions
-Tons of resources, and a discussion board for Civil Engineering questions
-Tons of resources, and a discussion board for Electrical Engineering questions
-This website gives you a lot of practical uses for math when it comes to finances. There are games that you can play to help you get excited about math and learn how math integrates into every day finances!
-Math Calculators. Just about every calculator you could possibly want! Including science, weather, time, money, cooking, health, and so many more calculators. Great resource to get anyone excited about math and how it can be useful in everyday life.
-Some students don’t enjoy math, but the reality is that math is used in every day life. Check out this link if you want to learn to love math!
-From the Discovery Channel, here comes help with your math!
-This is seriously (in my opinion) one of the best online math solvers. Type in anything, and WolfRamAlpha will check with it’s thousands of databases to solve your problem
-Learn about virtually any subject from this website. Just pick your subject and learn!
Women and STEM
Don’t be discouraged if you are a woman wanting to pursue a STEM field. There are a lot of successful STEM women, and this world needs more of them!
- 50 Colleges Advancing Women in STEM
-List of schools that are advancing women in STEM. If you are a woman looking to study STEM, check this resource out!
Engineer Your Life
– A guide to engineering for high school girls
-This paper discusses 600 developed strategies to promote STEM with girls.
-This website encourages girls to get involved in STEM. It is a network where girls encourage each other in STEM by doing STEM projects, while embracing their feminine power.
Videos To Encourage Women In STEM
Women are Scientists
– A video series that showcases successful female scientists in their specialties (5 videos)
-This video Suggests that there is no gender gap between women and men.
Miscellaneous STEM sites
-Create a STEM profile to see how you rank among the top STEM talent in the nation. It will give you the ability to evaluate personal performance, earn recognition and access exclusive STEM scholarships.
Science for Kids
– Here kids of all ages can have fun learning and exploring the world around us. NASA brings you an exciting way to look at our Sun and Earth, our solar system and the universe beyond.
Launch into Aerospace
– Start exploring the opportunities that await you in the aerospace industry – opportunities to be part of a team that makes a tremendous contribution to our nation’s economy, ensures that the borders of our nation remain secure, and provides our men and women in uniform with the equipment they need.
Windows to the Universe
– Windows to the Universe is a user-friendly learning system covering the Earth and Space sciences for use by the general public.
– Mars images, info, data and more.
Self Learning and Online Education Websites
Are you someone that wants to go out and learn on their own? Here are a list of resources that you can go to to learn and take classes
-Khan Academy offers classes in pretty much anything that you can think of. It’s completely free and a great place to learn!
-Structured classes that have live webinars for you to take a class and ask questions during the class. Complete with homework and quizzes to make sure you are on the right track. Some colleges will even give you credit for these classes at a price that is pennies (some classes cost money) compared to what a university would charge.
-Learn how to use Microsoft Excel. Everything from the basics to advanced programming using VBA (Visual Basic for Applications).
Do you know of a resource that we don’t? Let us know and we’ll add it to the site!