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Posted Sept. 27, 2019, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
encouraging girls in STEM

Women within the science industry in general are under-represented, despite some of the greatest scientific discoveries having been at the hands of women. There is a very tangible stigma attached to women being involved with computer science and other STEM occupations, with a media portrayal that only compounds the seemingly lack of interest girls have for the profession. Number of Women in Computer Science is on the Decline In the techno-crazy world we live in, you could be forgiven for assuming that computer science is a career that would appeal to both men and women equally. However, the number of ...

Posted July 31, 2019, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Pre-med in High School: How to Prepare for a Medical Career

What should high school students know before they commit to majoring in pre-med or search for the best teen pre-med programs? How can you find out if medicine is your true interest? What should you look for in a high-school summer medical program? High school is not too early to start thinking about pre-med. You can prepare academically, explore various careers in medicine and attend a medical or science summer camp program. Not only will these preparations help you decide if a career in medicine is for you, but they will look great on your high school resume and translate ...

Posted July 30, 2019, 8 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
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Every October, the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus hosts a Science Carnival. Students at the two-year residential school dress in white lab coats and conduct scientific experiments in chemistry, biology and physics for more than 1,000 elementary grade students from nearby schools. It’s just one of the ways the school provides outreach to other teachers and students in the hope that younger children will become excited about the possibilities of science. MSMS is one of a growing number of schools to focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). STEM schools provide innovative learning experiences that help ...

Posted July 8, 2019, 3:50 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments

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 March 4, 2019, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments

OK, first off, what the heck is a “Danielle?” Well, for starters, it’s a good thing. Danielle is a character in a new novel by super-genius Ray Kurzweil—an inventor and futurist who predicts humans will merge with machines by the year 2030. He’s been right about a ton of techy things so while it might sound crazy, yes, your consciousness could live in the cloud in about 10 years. Whoa. Back to Danielle. She is a superhero with super intelligence who tackles some of our world’s biggest challenges: providing clean water in Africa, brokering peace in the Middle East, nuclear ...

Posted Feb. 15, 2019, 10 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
STEM summer program

Whether you’re completely set on pursuing an engineering degree, wavering between biology and art history, or just curious what oceanography is all about, the summer is the perfect time to turn your STEM daydreams into a reality. But why should you skip the summer job or the chance to hang out with your friends for a STEM program? Consider these benefits: 1. Have an adventure Many summer STEM programs give students the opportunity to explore with the eyes of a scientist. So you won’t just be going somewhere new, you will be learning to see it in a new way. ...

Posted Dec. 22, 2018, 9 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Boston Leadership Institute: Ryan McCann

Ryan McCann spent part of his summer taking a course through Boston Leadership Institute. Why did you choose to participate in a STEM summer program? I have always been fascinated by genetics and the tools scientists use to modify genes. The introductory genetics lessons in the Biological Research course at Boston Leadership Institute gave me a good background which made me feel more confident as we moved further along into the more difficult and advanced topics How did you decide which STEM field was right for you? I have eclectic interests which bridge many branches of STEM, but I knew ...

Posted Nov. 23, 2018, 8 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
Young female veterinarian holding a yellow cat and smiling.

If you love animals, becoming a veterinarian or vet tech is an obvious career choice. But there are plenty of other exciting STEM jobs working with animals in fields you might never have considered. And you can explore some of those careers in summer programs on college campuses. At the University of California at Davis, many students begin studying in the department of animal science with the intention of becoming veterinarians, but a surprising number change their minds along the way, student academic advisor Kathryn Jackson said. “They start experiencing some other things that we have in the department, and ...

Posted Nov. 17, 2018, 8 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Astronaut standing on the moon in space suit.

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 ...

Posted Sept. 24, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Maine Maritime Academy: Brandon St. Germain

Brandon St. Germain studies engineering at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, ME. Why did you choose to participate in a STEM program? Math and science have always been my favorite subjects. Math and science studies provide me with great challenge, they’re intriguing, and have helped me hone my skills as a problem-solver. At Maine Maritime Academy, Thermodynamics has been my favorite class. I found it fascinating to study the properties of different substances, how they react under different temperatures and pressures, and their practical applications for our lives. How did you decide which STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) field was ...

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