The summer is nearly here. For millions of students across the country, that means summer vacation. But students who want a competitive advantage might consider using some of that time to hone their skills, especially if they are interested in pursuing advanced study and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
If you are interested in a STEM discipline, make sure you are doing at least some of these things:
Summer STEM Opportunities
You can also start with some of these summer STEM opportunities that we’ve compiled for you. All of these programs offer excellent opportunities for kids interested in the STEM fields. Review the eligibility criteria and deadlines for each program, choose the one that’s best for you, and get in contact right away to begin the application process.
The Connectory is the go-to place for families to discover local STEM opportunities for the children in their lives. This website includes over 5,000 STEM programs for youth across the country.
American Association of University Women Tech Trek
Tech trek is a camp dedicated to coding and app development for middle school girls in 10 states.
GSK Science in the Summer™
This free science education program helps elementary school children in the Greater Washington, DC area “grow into science.” Classes are held in public libraries and other community-based organizations and taught by certified teachers via hands-on lessons.
Girlstart STEM Summer Camps
Girlstart aims to increase interest in the STEM fields among young girls through innovative, nationally recognized programs such as the STEM Summer Camps.(Note: There is currently a waiting list for this program.)
For students in the Austin area, STEMbridge offers a summer computer science program. The course is a rigorous one, but there are no prerequisites and you can be at any point in your high school career.
While Codecademy is not technically a summer program, they offer several free online courses for anyone wanting to further their own coding career. You can read about how our own Jonathan Marrero is using his Codecademy experience here at NCLR.
For more information on NCLR’s STEM education programs, or to bring a program to your community, contact NCLR’s STEM Manager, Juliana Ospina Cano, at [email protected]. Follow us on Twitter @NCLRSTEM and on Facebook for the latest news and information on our programs.