On July 20, 1969, the entire world held its collective breath as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. You may have seen those grainy images that were transmitted back to earth. This was one of those moments that signaled the dawn of a new era.
It’s hard to imagine now how an act of science – combined with bravery and the mystery of the unknown – transfixed so many people long before the age of social media. For a hint, you might want to see “First Man,” the latest movie about the Apollo 11 mission. We all stopped what we were doing to see imagination and research conquer a new frontier – a feat that has led to many, many more scientific developments.
You don’t have to don an astronaut suit to have that kind of a future in STEM – science, technology, engineering or mathematics. There is discovery and adventure all around you, and TeenLife and the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) can help you find it.
Our fall 2018 Guide to STEM Colleges and Programs, produced by TeenLife and NACAC, lists more than 225 colleges and programs that can teach you how to unravel the mysteries of space, the DNA of the human body, the inner workings of artificial intelligence, or worlds that you can not yet imagine. In our guide you can find opportunities ranging from physics to veterinary science, from forensics to neuroscience, from chemical engineering to number theory.
Not sure whether STEM is for you? Attend one of the many STEM College & Career Fairs that NACAC hosts annually. Free and open to the public, these fairs give you the chance to ask questions, compare programs and meet with school and program representatives. Or, request more information from one of the pre-college STEM summer programs that are listed on TeenLife.com. These programs are ideal for exploring possible majors in as little as one week! Attending one of them next summer could transform your life.
Our guide also has great information on how colleges are changing their STEM programs to recruit and attract more young women, and also suggests some animal science careers you might not know about.
Most STEM-related careers are expected to expand at an above average rate over the next eight years. For example, computer-related occupations are expected to grow 13 percent for as compared to 6.5 percent for occupations overall, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
But that’s the not the only reason to be a STEM explorer. Think of the grit, imagination and sense of adventure it took to get to the moon, and how you might be able to capture the imagination of the world. Let STEM be your way to do that.