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Category: STEM

Posted Feb. 12, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Vermont Technical College: Manny Aretakis

Manny Aretakis is pursuing a dual-degree at Vermont Tech in Randolph Center, VT. Why did you choose to participate in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program? I grew up with a fascination for how machines work, how they were assembled, repaired and modified. I knew at an early age that I wanted the skills to be able to design and build projects of my own and this is what lead my desire to pursue an engineering degree. How did you decide which STEM field was right for you? I’ve always been a hands-on learner and I wanted to ...

Posted Jan. 25, 2018, 5 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Syracuse University: Julia Jesse

Why did you choose to participate in a STEM program? I always enjoyed math and science and I was good at it. I wanted to be in a meaningful career where I felt every day I was doing something to impact the world and solve the problems in the world around me. With engineering, that’s what you’re doing. You’re solving real world problems. I wanted to see the impact of my work as an engineer. How did you decide which STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) field was right for you? I chose mechanical engineering, because I wanted to work in ...

Posted Dec. 15, 2017, 8 a.m. by Rachel Devaney | View Comments
4 Ways To Know If A STEM Summer Program Is Right For You

Researching STEM summer programs can be intense. How do you know that a science, technology, engineering or math camp will hit on the right things you need? There are hundreds of programs, some at elite institutions like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the U.S. Naval Academy, others at local schools or recreation departments. Each focuses on different aspects of STEM, and activities can vary widely from robotics and chemistry to space science and virtual reality. You don’t want to waste money or time on a program that is boring, stale or that adds little to your knowledge bank. And ...

Posted Nov. 30, 2017, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
Is Medicine Your Calling? Find Out in These Summer Programs

If you’re a high school student, becoming a doctor is about a dozen years away. That’s a long journey requiring a big commitment of time and money. How can you be sure that medicine is right for you? Your best bet is to spend a summer getting a close-up look at medicine, either as a volunteer or as a student in a medical program for high school students that provides an in-depth look at the world of medicine. Either way, you won’t be performing surgery, but you will get a much better sense of what a career in health care ...

Posted Nov. 2, 2017, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
8 STEM Summer Programs That Are Just for High School Girls

Kate Ballantine, assistant professor in environmental studies at Mount Holyoke College, has a favorite memory from her years running a summer STEM program for girls. “My students were walking past the tennis camp to a field. We’re carrying all our equipment – all the science-y stuff. One of the tennis campers yells, ‘What are you guys doing?’ “One of my students said, ‘We’re scientists.’ She was just radiating with this sense of ‘this is who I am now.’” Ballantine’s Restoration Ecology Summer Scholars Program gives high school students a chance to do hands-on research in environmental restoration. Summer programs like ...

Posted Oct. 30, 2017, noon by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Guide to STEM Colleges and Programs

Whether you want to probe space or the human brain; build a bridge or a DNA molecule; work on climate change or emerging technologies, TeenLife and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) have a new tool to help you do it. The 2017 Guide to STEM Colleges & Programs is the result of an exciting collaboration between TeenLife Media and NACAC. It not only has valuable advice just for STEM students but also lists more than 300 universities, colleges and other programs that want to recruit creative and dedicated students, including women, minorities and the underserved. Science, technology, ...

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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