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Category: STEM

Posted June 13, 2017, 9:50 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
STEM-environment

For Lowell George, every day is Earth Day. She found a way to merge her interest in science with her love for the outdoors – and turned it into a solid job. She’s among the students who discover that participating in a STEM summer program or majoring in science, technology, engineering or math can lead to a career in sustaining and improving the environment. “My dad would take my sister and me hiking from when I was age 3,” said George, who grew up in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., a small village 30 miles north of New York City. “Later I ...

Posted May 18, 2017, 5:05 p.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
anatomy-stem

I loved anatomy when I was in high school. It was so interesting to learn about all of the bones and muscles in my body. It was my favorite STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) class. Perhaps anatomy is already your favorite science class or you’re thinking about exploring it in a STEM summer program. Either way, it’s a good path to one of these careers: 1. Prosthetist Do you like to help people? There are nearly 2 million people in the United States who have lost a limb. Designing the replacements that they desperately need and helping them get ...

Posted May 9, 2017, 12:32 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
stem-college-guide

We are proud to announce the publication of the digital 2017 Guide to STEM Colleges, the result of an exciting new collaboration between TeenLife Media and the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS). At TeenLife, we connect students, parents and educators with the best educational experiences in and out of the classroom, including summer, arts, gap-year, therapeutic and STEM programs. We are particularly passionate about encouraging students to explore all that science, technology, engineering and math hold for the future. NCSSS is an association of the top STEM high schools in the country. It not only supports students, parents ...

Posted April 27, 2017, 10:24 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
STEM-science-technology

Do you like understanding how and why rockets work? Do you love the challenge of solving a complicated engineering problem? Are you curious about the underlying laws of the universe? If you find all of these activities fun and you’re able to wrap your mind around complicated questions, then you might want to put your knowledge of physics to use as an adult. Here are a few career paths to consider and possibly to try out in a teen summer program. 1. Civil Engineer Do you care about your local town? You could be a leader helping to revitalize the ...

Posted April 13, 2017, 3:30 p.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
stem-math-career

Do you enjoy math? Are you a quick thinker able to handle complex problems in your head while working towards a solution? If so, your love of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) can make you stand out among job applicants. And there are lots of STEM summer programs and STEM colleges where you can explore your love of numbers. Here are a few careers to consider if you’re that student who enjoys reading ahead in your math textbook and solving practice equations before your teacher goes over the material. 1. Insurance Actuary Actuaries work for insurance companies. They calculate ...

Posted April 3, 2017, noon by Amanda Monfrooe | View Comments
At Norwich University of the Arts, students explore technology through new degree programs.

The creative industries encompass a wider range of profitable professional sectors than ever before. Technological innovation, changing consumer habits and the influence of emerging economies have fuelled expansion and diversification within art, design and media. The result is a global job market welcoming specialists and entrepreneurs from different backgrounds. But, of course, rapid change brings fresh challenges for both graduates and universities providing creative-degree programs. As a leading UK university, Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is up to the challenge! NUA is leading graduates into the future. For us, change has been an opportunity to launch three bachelor of ...

Posted March 16, 2017, 12:49 p.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
stem-careers

Chemistry is one of the most incredible fields of study today. For thousands of years, alchemists attempted to turn lead into gold. Spells, incantations, and ground-up leaves were the most trusted medication. Over the past 150 years the field of chemistry has (literally) exploded, causing waves of change in every aspect of society. If you love chemistry, you are incredibly lucky. Your timing couldn’t be better for an exciting, fulfilling, world-altering career. Chemistry touches every aspect of human life today, from how we live, work, heal, fly, and even travel into space. If you love chemistry, you can explore the ...

Posted Feb. 21, 2017, 3:50 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
stem-animals

Are you interested in pursuing a STEM program to work with animals? The animal-related careers in science, technology, engineering or math are as vast as the animal kingdom itself. Jobs requiring STEM skills vary depending on the type of animals and the working environment so it’s important to think about where you want to be and what you want to do. Before you pursue a college STEM program, you should be able to answer these questions: What kind of animals do you want to work with (domestic pets, livestock, birds, ocean animals)? What interests you the most (teaching, conservation, medicine, ...

Posted Feb. 1, 2017, 4 p.m. by Amanda Chaulk | View Comments
Earth as seen from Vermont Tech's previous CubeSat satellite.

How many students can say they have worked on a satellite? At Vermont Technical College, one graduate student is getting the chance of a lifetime Vermont Tech’s CubeSat Laboratory is working with Morehead State University in Kentucky to build an elaborate satellite – called the Lunar IceCube – that will launch in 2018 and begin orbiting the moon. Vermont Tech is the only post-secondary technical college in Vermont and has residential campuses in Randolph Center and Williston. Students from all walks of life come to receive a top-notch, practical education. Looking for water on the moon Lunar IceCube is a ...

Posted Jan. 31, 2017, 12:14 p.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
STEM

Let’s be practical. It’s great to be a student interested in science, technology, engineering and math, but where will the jobs be when you’re ready to step into the workforce? The good news, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, is that many STEM occupations are projected to grow faster than the average. The government expects overall STEM employment (excluding health care) to grow about 13 percent between 2012 and 2022. That’s about 2 percent better than the rate overall. Health-care jobs add another big share. As many as 25 percent of all jobs will be in health care by ...

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