High School Students
What do these have in common?
This is STEM!
It is important to start planning early! Even if you are not sure you want to go into a STEM field, it is a good idea to prepare ahead of time. Math and science really are the core elements to any STEM field, and these two subject areas can do nothing but help you no matter what you decide to pursue. The critical thinking skills math and science teach are essential to contributing to our society.
A rigorous course pattern is recommended to all students and is extremely beneficial for those pursuing a STEM degree. According to the Pathways to College Network, a number of organizations, including the College Board and ACT, consider a 'rigorous' course pattern to include;
Where to start on the Pathway to a STEM Degree Website
As a high school student, this website can be very useful to you. We recommend you show this to your parents, advisors, and teachers. They will be able to help you maneuver through the Pathway to a STEM Degree, and they will play a crucial part in your success within STEM. According to the Pathways to College Network, you need to be surrounded by a network of peers and adults that care about you academic success. There are going to be bumps in the road or roadblocks, and it is this network that will help you navigate and support you when you stumble.
You are off to the right start. After exploring this page, make sure you check out the Student tab on the Homepage. The first place you should go is the Summer STEM Programs/Camps. This will prove to be a very valuable resource for you. Here you will find a list of programs and camps that can help you get your feel for STEM. They are organized by state, so you can search for a program near you, but do not stop there. I would be impossible to list every STEM program and camp, so look through other states. They may be able to direct you to more programs, and do not hesitate to contact the directors of these programs, as well as your teachers and administrators. They may know of more or be able to point you to other resources. If you are even thinking of pursuing STEM, or just have an interest, it would be fun and valuable for you to attend or participate in one of these programs or camps.
After exploring the Summer STEM Programs/Camps, you should go to Scholarships, still in the Student tab. It is important for you to be able to finance your education, and scholarships are the best way to do that. They are a gift to you! They all have requirements, and it would be very useful for you to know early what these may be. This way you can make sure to fulfill these requirements further preparing you for your transfer. Even though you may not be able to pin point a particular scholarship, you will be able to see what requirements they all have in common. Make sure to speak with your high school advisor. Let them know you are considering going into a STEM field and would like help searching for scholarships and other resources.
Next, you should go into the STEM Transfer Student Guide. Here you will learn everything you need to know about transferring. Some of it may not apply to your situation, but it is very valuable information that could help you later.
Last, but certainly not least, check out the STEM Sidebar! This is where you really learn about STEM. If you know you are interested in one more than the others, you can go directly to that letter, S-science, T-technology, E-engineering, M-mathematics. Do not restrict yourself to one letter only. STEM overlaps more than you may know. If you are unsure, it's important to utilize the many checklists and career exploration websites listed throughout this website, including the College Board. The College Board can help you determine what career or major will be best for you.
We are so excited that you are considering a future in STEM. By using the resources available to you here, we are confident that you will achieve your goals within STEM!
This project is supported by the National Science Foundation.