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PRESENTING YOUR FUTURE IN STEM

Marie Schwartz CEO & Founder TeenLife Media, LLC

re you in high school and thinking of applying to study engineering, technolog y, science, or mathematics? We’ve prepared the EDITOR

Your Future in STEM to help you learn more about careers in

Sasha Brown-Worsham

these fields, as well as the best ways to prepare yourself in high

sasha@teenlife.com

school and college for the exciting careers ahead!

Bill O’Neill billowrites@gmail.com

Pre-college summer programs are among the best ways to dip your toe in the water if your high school does not offer special courses in computer science or engineering. Many of these programs are online for this school year and next summer, making it easier for you to experience a college that you may be interested in attending. TeenLife.com lists more than 700 STEM summer programs! Computer scientists, data analysts, app developers, coders, engineers, and web designers - these are the jobs of the future. Learn how to turn your STEM skills and interests into a competitive career you’ll love.

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Welcome to “Your Future in STEM!” This digital guide strives to help students learn more about careers in specific career clusters, as well as the best ways to prepare themselves during high school and college for well-paying careers of the future! Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions to make this resource as helpful as possible.

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WHAT’S INSIDE What You Can Do Now to Pursue Your Passion for STEM ........................................... 4 10 Careers in STEM That Are in High Demand .................................................................. 7 Acing the Application Process ................................................................................................... 10 Your Future In STEM: What Can You Earn? ........................................................................ 13

STEM Summer Programs ............................................................................................................. 16 STEM Colleges .................................................................................................................................... 23 STEM After School Enrichment ................................................................................................. 25

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What You Can Do Now to PURSUE YOUR PASSION FOR STEM

By Rich Holmes

f you’re interested in STEM, now ’s the time to plan how to fur ther that fascination this summer.

REACH OUT AND GET INVOLVED Adrienne Fluitt, college guidance coordinator for BASIS

Summer programs, college classes, competitions,

Oro Valley, in Oro Valley, A Z, urges students to take the

activities and internships all of fer chances to explore

initiative to contact businesses and colleges to see what

a field in STEM (science, technolog y, engineering and

they of fer. U.S. News & World Repor t ranked her char ter

mathematics) and see what most sparks your enthusiasm.

school number t wo in Arizona and 18th nationally in its

Because of the pandemic, most of these options have

2020 list of best high schools.

moved online.

“Do you like a gaming company? See what they have there,”

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“Eighty percent don’t know (what they want to do for a career.) The more things they can try, the clearer that vision will become. she says. “Almost ever y college has summer courses. Labs at universities will take on high school students.”

The council lists online STEM programs on its website, as do other educational organizations. Some resources include:

Par ticipate in a school club dedicated to your interest, Fluitt says. If one doesn’t exist, star t one. Or enter a contest to get hands-on experience. Don’t wait to apply for summer programs, as many have deadlines early this year. Be aware some summer programs can cost thousands of dollars, beyond the reach

NASA Jet Propulsion Laborator y, California Institute of Technolog y

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Master ’s in Data Science, Powered by 2U Inc. TeenLife has information on more than 700 STEM summer programs

of many students’ families. She suggests contacting the

If you’re interested in a challenging group project, you

school or organization of fering the program to see if they

or your teacher could try a free trial membership with

will reduce or waive the cost if you qualif y.

ProjectPals. This program is being sold to schools as a way

“Most places of fer some kind of financial aid,” she says.

to teach students computational thinking as a way to break down, analyze, research, discuss and cooperate to solve

“I always tell kids that the worst they can say is no.”

problems. While designed for school use, a group of students BOOST SKILLS AND CAREER INSIGHT

could independently check out the program and its library of

James Lewis, president and co-founder of the National

projects, says founder and CEO Miriam Bolger.

Societ y of High School Scholars, says students interested

One project looks at the sinking of the Titanic and how to

in STEM careers should use their time during the pandemic

prevent or limit that historic catastrophe. Individual students

now and during summer vacation to take online courses

would be given separate tasks of researching different aspects:

and get accreditation for skills.

the ship’s construction, travel route, passengers, icebergs.

“I would be aggressive,” he says. “Don’t let your being

“Finally, they come up with recommendations,” she says. “ Then they get together and talk about it. This is how

stuck at home stop you.” To help refine their higher education and career focus,

things happen in the real world.”

Lewis encourages students to test out a range of STEM NEED HELP? ASK

experiences. “Eight y percent don’t know (what they want to do for a

If you’re confused about which program, class or activity

career),” he says. “It ’s healthy for them not to know. Once

might best fit your interests and goals, your school can help.

they get exposure, they can change. The more things they

“Your school counselor is your first step on resources out there – your teachers, too,” says Richard Fernandez,

can tr y, the clearer that vision will become.” The NSHSS is an international nonprofit based in Atlanta,

guidance counselor at Middlesex County Academy for

Georgia. It recognizes students with high academic

Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies, in

achievement, and helps them move for ward to college

Edison, New Jersey. Also known as Edison Academy, U.S.

and careers with scholarships, advice and suppor t.

News & World Report ranked the school first in New Jersey and 33rd nationally in its 2020 list of best high schools.

PANDEMIC’S SILVER LINING

Fernandez urges students to participate in extracurricular

COVID pushed museums, libraries, nonprofits, tech

activities, such as his school’s Girls Code Club or Science

more

Olympiad, a national competition. Being a vocational

Ibeling,

school, Edison requires students to spend at least 10 days in

communications manager at the Iowa Governor ’s STEM

a workplace, and many work part-time jobs or get summer

Advisor y Council in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Take advantage of

internships. While COVID safety concerns suspended most

these increased oppor tunities.

in-person internships, some employers do offer virtual

businesses educational

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“ There’s so much more available, even if it ’s for 30 minutes a day,” she says. “ That is so valuable, by keeping students engaged and excited.”

experience, he says. “If you have that STEM interest, ever y thing on the internet is a couple of clicks away,” he says.

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10 CAREERS IN STEM That Are in High Demand

By Felix Carroll

hat would the world be without people like Thomas Edison, inventor of the incandescent light bulb? It was Edison who said, “I star t where the last man lef t of f.” What would life be like without Marie Curie, famous for her impact on cancer treatments? It was Curie who said, “Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Can you imagine life without Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft? It is Gates who said, “It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” And how great is it to live in a time with a rebellious

on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. For those considering STEM, jobs are plentiful, lucrative and potentially world-shaking and life-changing. According

to

the

U.S.

Bureau

of

Labor

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occupations within the STEM fields are projected to grow 8 percent by 2029, compared to 3.7 percent growth in all other occupations. Still, “there’s not a lot of appreciation for the types of jobs in STEM disciplines,,” said Josh Henkin, a career coach and founder of STEM Career Services. “The world is your oyster,” said Amanda Laungani, a career counselor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

business magnate like Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX? It is

Even in a world of rapid technological advancements,

Musk who said, “If you get up in the morning and think the

college officials and career counselors agree that some things

future is going to be better, it is a bright day.”

remain constant. A strong understanding of mathematics

Two traits these famous figures share is a persistence in

will never go out of style. Neither will people skills. And since

problem solving and the pursuit of education in what we now

many STEM disciplines are ever-changing, lifelong learners

call STEM, the acronym for the fields and curriculum centered

have the best opportunity for success.

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What STEM careers are most in demand? Here are 10:

DATA ANALYSIS Most businesses rely on data, and they need people with

the skills to interpret it. “You could work at the Gap and be a data scientist, or you

could work for a pharmaceutical company and be a data scientist,” says Henkin. “The data is everywhere, and we’re making such precise decisions based on it.” SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT Let’s face it. In the age of smartphones and virtual

everything, software keeps us operational — and entertained. No end is in sight in the demand for technical and creative masterminds who conceive, program and troubleshoot computer software. MECHANICAL ENGINEERING When it comes to the “E” in STEM, engineering is in high demand.

Mechanical engineers in particular design, produce and operate machinery. These days they are likely to be trigonometry whizzes attracted to 3D printing and nanotechnology. They could find themselves at home in a LEGO design studio, a Formula One racing team or a NASA robotics lab. BIOCHEMISTRY You don’t need a worldwide pandemic to recognize the

need for experts who can decipher biological problems. It’s true, biochemists have played enormous roles in developing vaccines and other pharmaceuticals. But understanding the chemistry of life can also open up a world of other opportunities, including in forensics, ecology and food production. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY To run most efficiently and profitably, most businesses

need information technology experts capable of tailoring computer systems. “From the car you drive and the streaming entertainment

channels you enjoy, to a telehealth visit with your doctor and the ease and efficiency of online banking, today’s IT professional plays a leading role in virtually every business and industry,” said Steven Ostrowski of the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), a nonprofit

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association for the IT industry and workforce. ACTUARIAL SCIENCE That’s right, the world needs actuaries — those with an

expertise in mathematics to evaluate the likelihood of future events, risks and rewards. Actuaries have found many niches, most notably in the insurance industry and government.

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INFORMATION SECURITY ANALYSIS There’s detective work involved, and maybe even a few

cloaks and daggers. Unfortunate but true, with the increase in hacking, companies, government agencies and private citizens increasingly rely on information technology experts to protect computer systems and networks from information disruption, theft and damage. HEALTHCARE

If you have a passion to help those suffering from disease

and injury, the field of medicine has many needs, including physician

assistants,

imaging

technologists,

telemetry

technicians, and clinical laboratory scientists. TECHNICAL WRITING Many facets of STEM are highly technical. That’s where

technical writers come in. Someone needs to explain all this in clear, concise language! This is not limited to the written word. Communication needs to be clear in any medium. If you are good at getting people to understand complex issues, this could be a good career to pursue. ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING With increasing concern about environmental degradation,

environmental engineers are increasingly in demand to find novel solutions to the human impact on our natural world. Career opportunities are high in the areas of public health, pollution and building design.

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Acing the STEM APPLICATION PROCESS

By Bill O’Neill

f you’re planning to study a STEM field in college, the application process starts long before you fill out your first forms. Take every challenging math and science course your high school offers. If you excel, then STEM is for you. Students can also demonstrate their interest in STEM outside the classroom, said Mandee Heller Adler, founder and CEO of International College Counselors, is the author of

“Authentic STEM learning experiences are invaluable for teens wanting to apply to STEM majors.“

“From Public School to the Ivy League: How to Get Into a Top School Without Top Dollar Resources.” “Extracurricular activities are a great way for students to highlight their passion for science, technology, engineering

biomedical engineering, app design and development, and artificial intelligence.

or math,” she said. “Some ideas include entering the science

“In brief, colleges want to know that a student makes

fair, participating in scientific research, joining the robotics

an effort to challenge himself or herself, possesses an

team, attending a summer enrichment program, or taking

excitement for learning, and exhibits a proficient level of

specialty classes at a local college or online in different

STEM skill, knowledge, and achievement,” said Adler.

math or science subjects.” Other options include classes

“Authentic STEM learning experiences, like research, are

and summer enrichment programs in marine science,

invaluable for teens wanting to apply to STEM majors. When

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colleges see this on a student’s resume or read about it in the essay, they can more clearly see that the student thinks and acts like a scientist, engineer or mathematician. This makes the college want the student more.” Be sure to look for schools that can give you the most opportunities in your STEM field of choice. “Research and internships are fabulous opportunities to have at the undergraduate level and provide you with competitive opportunities when you graduate and seek employment, or continue on to graduate school,” said Carrie

“Extracurricular activities are a great way for students to highlight their passion for science, technology, engineering or math.”

Thompson, director of undergraduate admissions at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. “Understand what your options are as an incoming

“Virtual experiences are ramped up like we’ve never seen

freshman: what experiences will you have with your

them before that benefit both the student and university,”

introductory courses, interaction with your professors and

she said. “A student can access higher education through

fellow students, and what academic student organizations

virtual visits whereas they may not have been able to miss a

are available to you.”

day of high school or work. They can also schedule multiple

Once you find the schools that feel like the right fit, make sure you highlight why you would be an excellent candidate for admission. have

participated

do it all from the comfort of their home. “The pandemic also caused admissions officers to take a

“Submit an essay and resume that outline what activities you

visits in one day, attend a virtual National College Fair, and

in

high

school,

highlight

hard look at their admissions policies and focus on equitable

the

options for students. Our universities are becoming more

courses that demonstrate your knowledge, and passion

innovative and providing robust opportunities for our

of the major(s) you seek, and try to set up a campus visit

students. Many colleges, nationwide, have adopted a test-

with admissions and a faculty member to showcase how

optional admission and scholarship policy this year. The focus

committed you are to becoming a member of the freshman

is placed on high school curriculum, rigor of coursework and

class,” said Thompson.

day-to-day performance, as opposed to a one-day test.”

While COVID has posed many challenges for higher education, it opened up doors to benefit students and

The economy is very welcoming to students who want to pursue STEM careers at any level. Don’t hesitate to jump in!

families in many ways, Thompson said.

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Your Future In STEM: WHAT CAN YOU EARN?

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, w w w.bls.gov/ooh

he US Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes the

these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud

Occupational Outlook Handbook every year

computing, the collection and storage of big data, and

which provides data about occupation growth,

information security.

the minimum level of education to engage in

Employment in architecture and engineering occupations

that occupation, and the annual media wage

is projected to grow 3 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as

someone can expect to earn.

fast as the average for all occupations. Most of the projected

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment

job growth in this group is in the engineering occupations,

in computer and information technology occupations is

as their services will be in demand in various areas such as

projected to grow 11 percent from 2019 to 2029, much

rebuilding of infrastructure, renewable energy, oil and gas

faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for

extraction, and robotics.

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MEDIAN ANNUAL WAGES FOR SELECTED STEM OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

JOB SUMMARY

ENTRY LEVEL EDUCATION

2019 MEDIAN PAY

COMPUTER NETWORK ARCHITECTS

Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and Intranets.

Bachelor’s Degree

$112,690

COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS

Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly.

Bachelor’s Degree

$86,550

INFORMATION SECURITY ANALYSTS

Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems.

Bachelor’s Degree

$99,730

MATHEMATICIANS & STATISTICIANS

Mathematicians and statisticians analyze data and apply mathematical and statistical techniques to help solve problems.

Bachelor’s Degree

$92,030

WEB DEVELOPERS & DIGITAL DESIGNERS

Web developers create and maintain websites. Digital designers develop, create, and test website or interface layout, functions, and navigation for usability.

Associates Degree

$73,760

Aerospace engineers design primarily aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles.

Bachelor’s Degree

$116,500

CHEMICAL ENGINEERS

Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve problems that involve the use of fuel, drugs, food, and many other products.

Bachelor’s Degree

$108,770

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERS

Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems.

Bachelor’s Degree

$88,860

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS

Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment and human health.

Bachelor’s Degree

$71,360

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

Landscape architects design parks and other outdoor spaces.

Bachelor’s Degree

$69,360

PETROLEUM ENGINEERS

Petroleum engineers design and develop methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the Earth’s surface.

Bachelor’s Degree

$137,720

AEROSPACE ENGINEERS

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Imperial Global Summer School is a two-week residential programme specifically designed for 16- and 17-year olds with a passion for science, technology, engineering

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and medicine. This challenging academic programme enables students to increase their subject knowledge through lectures, laboratory sessions and practical work, with

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guidance from Imperial’s experts. Participants stay in real student accommodations at

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our South Kensington campus, in the heart of central London, and enjoy a packed social schedule alongside the academic programme. Learn more »

ID TECH |

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For aspiring coders, game developers, robotics engineers, or creatives, this is the start

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of something BIG. Choose from year-round Online Private Lessons, fall and winter

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top universities, students will have fun, advance their skills fast, and join a community of

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Semesters, or spring and summer Virtual Tech Camps. Guided by elite tech rockstars from 500,000 passionate alumni who are using their tech skills to do big things. Students can dive into the hottest STEM courses, boosting their portfolio with impressive projects and official transcripts. Learn more »

NYU TANDON MACHINE LEARNING SUMMER PROGR AM engineering.nyu.edu/academics/programs/k12-stem-education/open-access-programs/machine-learning

$2,000 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Online 2 weeks

NYU Tandon’s Summer Program in Machine Learning is a two-week online summer program designed to introduce high school students to the data analysis, computer science, and mathematical techniques that drive the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Overseen by faculty and graduate students from the electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering departments, the program offers students a unique opportunity to learn directly from some of today’s most innovative researchers in the field. Learn more »

PATHWAYS TO STEM CELL SCIENCE |

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Pathways to Stem Cell Science is a unique non-profit biotech research organization. We

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offer a variety of programs for K-12 students to learn real-world science working hands-on

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renowned industry scientists who are also exceptional teachers. We help prepare students

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with stem cells in a professional biotech research laboratory. Our programs are taught by for advanced science education, workplace internships and professional science careers by building confidence, passion and, universally applicable lab skills. Learn more »

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STEM SUMMER PROGRAMS (continued...) ROCHESTER PRE-COLLEGE ONLINE PROGR AM |

$995 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Online 2-4 weeks

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Join the University of Rochester’s Pre-College Online Program for engaging, asynchronous courses in personalized medicine, healthcare and biomedical engineering. Explore your passions before college as you learn about future career options, current technology and discoveries in the field of your course. You’ll hear from award-winning Rochester professors, be paired with a Rochester student mentor for support and live sessions, and earn a Certificate of Completion from the University of Rochester. Learn more »

ROSETTA INSTITUTE MOLECULAR MEDICINE WORKSHOPS www.rosettainstitute.org/biomedical-summer-camps

$325-$3,680

We offer workshops on molecular medicine for high-achieving high school and middle school

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students interested in pursuing careers in medicine or related fields, such as pharmacy,

In-Person & Online

person options available, including residential camps held at some of the world’s best

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nursing or medical research. Camps are offered year-round and there are online and inuniversities. Workshops include Molecular Biology of Cancer, Molecular Neuroscience, Medicinal Chemistry, Bioinformatics, Molecular Immunology, Molecular Biology of Aging, Biomedical Research, Covid-19: Biology/Immunity/Medicine, Cancer Research, Immunology Research, and Intro to Cellular and Molecular Medicine. Learn more »

SUMMER@BROWN | $2,723-$9,122 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th In-Person & Online 2-6 weeks

precollege.brown.edu/programs/summerbrown

If your idea of summer fun is a deep-dive into the STEM fields, Summer@Brown is the program for you. Join other motivated high school students who are as passionate about advancing their knowledge of the STEM disciplines as you are. Take a course that reflects the rigor and flexibility of Brown’s Open Curriculum. Engage in outside-the-classroom experiences that help you grow as a person. Best of all, leave feeling better prepared for your next steps. Learn more »

SUMMER DISCOVERY PRE-COLLEGE PROGR AMS summerdiscovery.com

$3,299 - $13,799

Join Summer Discovery for hands-on STEM courses at some of the world’s top

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universities. Through real-world application, team projects, and modern technologies,

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STEM field. Our programs teach transferable skills like critical thinking, communication,

1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 Week Programs

creativity, and collaboration sought after by employers and coveted by university

our STEM courses prepare students for college and career success in the ever-growing

admissions teams. Over 14 partner universities including UCLA, Michigan, Georgetown, Cambridge, and the University of Pennsylvania. Earn a Certificate of Completion. Learn more » 2021 TeenLife Guide to Your Future In STEM

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STEM SUMMER PROGRAMS (continued...) SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR THE GIFTED |

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gif tedstudy.org

$1699 - $7699

Explore STEM courses through our advanced STEAM+ curriculum for gifted and

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talented youth. At Summer Institute for the Gifted, we’ve spent 30+ years crafting

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innovators, and entrepreneurs. From robotics and engineering to coding and chemistr y

2 and 3 Week Programs

– our small class sizes, engaging instructors, and real-world-focused curriculum

a superior curriculum that targets the next generation of STEM groundbreakers,

challenges young minds. We instill critical and creative thinking skills that expand beyond the classroom into college, career, and life. Learn more »

TEACH ME WALL STREET: INVESTMENT SAV V Y AND FINANCIAL LITER ACY PROGR AM www.teachmewallstreet.com/summer-camp

$350 & up 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Wall Street 101, Investing & Trading plus Fintech, Bitcoin, Cr yptocurrency – Focus on new, uncharted and developing technologies and the exciting investing and career opportunities they present. Learn more »

Online 1-4 weeks

(for the full program)

TUFTS PRE-COLLEGE STEM PROGRAMS | Varies 10th, 11th, 12th Online Varies

universitycollege.tufts.edu/high-school/precollege-stem-programs

Interested in studying science, technology, engineering, or mathematics at the college level? Tufts Pre-College Programs let you see what it’s like to study and work in these challenging and rewarding fields. Dive into your interests with our 2-3 week intensive programs including Climate Resilience Institute, Engineering Investigations, Engineering Design Lab, Food for the Future, Mini-Med School and Coding 101. Or, choose our 6-week programs, with the option to take one course or a full academic schedule. We look forward to meeting you soon! Learn more »

UC SAN DIEGO EXTENSION PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS |

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Your Future Begins Here. Pre-College programs at UC San Diego Extension equip K-12

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students and parents for an increasingly complex and dynamic world through meaningful

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and workshops provide students with concrete foundations in STEAM education, 21st –

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engagement with an internationally ranked research university. Our immersive courses century essential skills and global stewardship. Pre-College at Extension prepares you for what lies ahead: college, career and beyond. Credit-bearing coursework and programs offered year-round in multiple formats. Learn more »

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STEM SUMMER PROGRAMS (continued...) UNCW MARINEQUEST SUMMER PROGR AMS |

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uncw.edu/marinequest

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MarineQuest is the of ficial marine science outreach program for the Universit y of

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Nor th Carolina Wilmington, Watson College of Education, and the Center for Marine

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our marine habitats. Whether you experience MarineQuest as a summer camper

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Science providing young people with oppor tunities to explore, discover and value exploring the ocean or as a student on a school field trip discovering the marsh, the outcome is the same: MarineQuest is more than just another day at the beach; MarineQuest is making waves in environmental education! Learn more »

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY ONLINE IMMERSION PROGRAM | $995 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Online 2-4 weeks

wfuonline.precollegeprograms.org

Join Wake Forest University ’s Online Immersion Program for engaging, asynchronous courses in medicine, bioscience, cancer science, psychology and sports medicine. Explore your passions before college as you learn about future career options and current technology and discoveries in the field of your course. You’ll hear from awardwinning Wake Forest or Wake Forest School of Medicine professors, be paired with a Wake Forest student mentor for support and live sessions, and earn a Certificate of Completion from Wake Forest University. Learn more »

WORLD SCHOLARS ACADEMY STEM PROGR AMS |

www.worldscholarsacademy.com

$1,997

World Scholars Academy of fers elite STEM courses designed and taught by world-

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leading professional scholars. Discover your future career path and accelerate

Online

acquisition, and high-level instruction from the world’s most accomplished educators

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your success with personalized college admissions guidance, advanced study skill in Medicine, Engineering, or Computer Science. Programs are available for learners 12-18 years old. Learn more »

YALE YOUNG GLOBAL SCHOLARS: INNOVATIONS IN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM globalscholars.yale.edu $3,500-$6,500

(with financial aid available)

10th, 11th Hybrid Two Weeks

Yale Young Global Scholars (Y YGS) is one of the most globally diverse, two-week academic summer programs in the world. Ser ving over 2,400 students from over 130 countries and all 50 U.S. states, Y YGS distributes over $3 Million USD in need-based financial aid to both domestic and international students. Y YGS is a highly collaborative program that exposes students to innovative topics within their field of interest, all while facilitating discussions with like-minded peers from around the world. Learn more » 2021 TeenLife Guide to Your Future In STEM

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STEM COLLEGES BANGOR UNIVERSIT Y: THREE-YEAR DEGREE | bangor.ac.uk

£15,000 - £17,000 per year Private Bangor, United Kingdom Biology, Computer Science, Data Science, Electronic Engineering, Marine Biology, Physics

Bangor has a range of great STEM courses that you can choose to take: from Natural Sciences to Ocean Sciences; Computer Science to Psychology; or even Zoology with Animal Behaviour! Just visit our website to find out what we can offer you on your STEM journey. Our courses are highly regarded, and students are even involved in research! If that does not sound great enough, we are situated in some of the most amazing natural beauty in the UK! Learn more »

DIGIPEN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY | $14,500 Private Redmond, WA Computer Science

www.digipen.edu

DigiPen offers undergraduate degrees in the areas of computer science, game design, animation, engineering, and music & sound design. Its curriculum provides students with an innovative and pioneering combination of practical, hands-on project experience combined with strong academics. DigiPen offers a unique approach to education. Rather than selecting their major after they begin their studies, our students apply directly to one of DigiPen’s seven undergraduate and two graduate degree programs and start learning the fundamentals of their field from their first day of class. Learn more » 2021 TeenLife Guide to Your Future In STEM

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MIAMI UNIVERSIT Y: DEPARTMENT OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGY IN BUSINESS AND DESIGN miamioh.edu

$15,962 In-State, $35,937 Out-of-State Public Miami, OH ETBD, Games + Simulation

The Department of Emerging Technology in Business and Design (ETBD) at Miami University explores how new technology can affect positive change in almost any aspect of society. The program, strongly trans-disciplinary, comprises faculty primarily from the worlds of business and design, but also from data science, engineering, programming, the arts, and the humanities. The program offers two undergraduate degrees, one in Emerging Technology in Business and Design and one in Games + Simulation. Learn more »

PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY: 100+ ACADEMIC DEGREE PROGR AMS pct.edu

$17,610 in-state; $25,170 out-of-state Public Williamsport, PA

Ready to start living your career in your first semester? Here, you will. Dive into your choice of 100+ hands-on programs. Work in industry-driven labs. Soak in expert insight from faculty with real-world experience. And build the specialized skills not just to thrive in your field, but to lead it. Learn more »

Plastics & Polymer Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Welding & Fabrication Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Network Administration & Engineering Technology

WOODBURY UNIVERSIT Y: COMPUTER SCIENCE IN DATA ANALY TICS woodbury.edu/program/college-of-liberal-arts/computer-science-in-data-analytics

$20,962 / semester Private Burbank, CA Computer Science, Information Technology

Students combine computer science, statistics, and project management with in-depth knowledge of a specific discipline to become expert analysts. This STEM program is designed to help students understand data analysis methodologies, as well as to appreciate, visualize, describe, and analyze data. Data Scientists are being employed in nearly every industry today, from social media to pharmacology to transportation and automation. Learn more »

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STEM AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT AI SCHOLARS LIVE ONLINE |

$900 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Online Fall: 10 Weeks, Winter: 2 Weeks

https://www.inspiritai.com/

AI Scholars Live Online is a 10-session, 25-hour enrichment program that introduces middle and high school students to fundamental artificial intelligence concepts in order to work through socially impactful projects in areas including art, healthcare, education, and more. Developed and taught by our team of graduate students from Stanford and MIT, students receive a personalized, interdisciplinary learning experience with a student-instructor ratio of 5:1, and custom curriculum appropriate for complete beginners to more advanced students. Read more »

ARETEEM INSTITUTE |

Starting at $10 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Hybrid Varies

areteem.org

Dreaming a cool and financially rewarding career in STEM fields? Check out Areteem Institute, an accredited supplementary educational program that provides in-depth training in math and sciences for high school and middle school students to prepare for future success in pursuing STEM majors in prestigious colleges. Areteem programs are designed to engage students in advanced and in-depth topics in a fun and enjoyable environment. Students develop logical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills while achieving tangible results for college admissions. Read more » 2021 TeenLife Guide to Your Future In STEM

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STEM AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT ATHENA R ACING: STEM TR AINING |

FREE! 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Online Varies

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athenaracing.org

Athena Racing puts the superhero cape on our future female leaders! We teach essential life skills and career development with interactive and creative methods to stimulate curiosity and expose transportation STEM career opportunities….. using a racecar. Our award-winning, girls-only program is free and the high school resume building activities are making our members stand out above their peers in the college application process. Join the talent pipeline development program to create the career pathway of your dreams at Athena Racing. Read more »

ID TECH CAMPS |

$559 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Online Varies

https://www.idtech.com/group-lessons

With iD Tech, building STEM skills is always in season. Guided by our elite tech rockstars from top universities, teens can spark new passions, build conf idence, and have fun advancing their skills during the school year. Join us for online small-group learning or 1-on-1 private lessons, running right now! Students can dive into the hottest courses in coding, game dev, robotics, and more, boosting their por tfolios with impressive projects and of f icial transcripts. Read more »

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USEFUL LINKS » American Association for the

» NASA STEM Engagement

» Scratch Foundation

» NSTEM

» Seesaw

» Project Lead The Way

» Society of Women Engineers

» Revolution Robotics

» The New York Academy

Advancement of Science » Career Key » Code » FIRST

Foundation

of Sciences

» Girls Who Code

» Schoolog y

» Wolfram|Alpha

» Khan Academy

» Science News

» YouScience

National STEM Honor Society (NSTEM) NSTEM seeks to foster a passion for STEM in students From K to Career™, inspiring them to pursue these subjects as careers and as lifelong interests. NSTEM Chapters are school-based organizations that enrich the educational experience of all student Chapter members.

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