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Posted May 12, 2016, 1:18 p.m. by Amanda Chaulk | View Comments
Starting College-Level STEM Programs in High School

Starting College-Level STEM Programs in High School Garrett Royce credits the Vermont Academy of Science & Technology (VAST) program at Vermont Tech for making his college career a success. The VAST program is an early college, independent high school exclusively for high school seniors who want to receive a high school diploma and complete a year of college at the same time. The fully accredited program is specifically for high school seniors with a strong ability in math and science. “The transition from being a high school student to becoming a college student was virtually a seamless one as a ...

Posted April 26, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
These 4 Big Scholarships Could Pay Your College Tuition

These 4 Big Scholarships Could Pay Your College Tuition Imagine heading to college with absolutely no money worries. Just one college scholarship and you cross that worry off the list and perhaps avoid a fat college loan. Of course, these scholarships are not for the faint of heart. They require some hard work and strong determination, but the end prize will be more than worth your effort. Students who are focused on winning money for college should consider these four opportunities. Paradigm Challenge Amount: Up to $100,000 Deadline: May 1, 2016 The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition that inspires ...

Posted April 22, 2016, 9 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
8 STEM Programs for Your Teen this Summer

8 STEM Programs for Your Teen this Summer The school year is ending and if your high school student loves STEM, you need to move quickly to nail a spot in a chemistry camp, high school summer medical program, game-design summer camp, or another science, technology, engineering or math summer program. How do you find the right STEM summer camp for teens? Consider the program’s focus, its mentors and teachers, cost and financial aid, and how its curriculum or activities might boost the STEM skills your teen needs. For instance, is the program focused in the lab or out in ...

Posted April 7, 2016, 9:43 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
stem summer programs students scholarships

Remember when your parents shipped you off to summer camp for three months of camping, outdoor activities and fun? Those camps are still available; but today, students can choose summer programs focused on a particular interest. Many last only a week or two but focus on interests such as sports, the arts, and STEM careers. These camps are more than fun times away from home. They give students a chance to explore what they love. STEM programs with an academic slant offer students a preview of their college major within the college experience and often provide the opportunity to earn ...

Posted Feb. 5, 2016, 9 a.m. by James Paterson | View Comments
Dreaming of a STEM Career? You Need to Know This

On a chilly winter morning, students in a suburban Washington, D.C., middle school classroom are raising their hands to report their career choice, and their responses have changed from those from kids in those seats even five years ago. There are fewer future doctors, policemen, and veterinarians, and more than half say they want to be programmers, engineers, or are certain they want to work in a much-promoted STEM career. Common wisdom of late would say that’s good for the economy, the country and the kids themselves? But is this love affair with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) such ...

Posted Feb. 3, 2016, 9:54 a.m. by John Cho | View Comments
Crank Up the WPM: Our Test of RSVP Readers

If you’re a decently fast reader, you can read, at most, at about 400 words per minute (WPM). (You can check how fast you read here.) So when I first started reading claims that programmers were developing new apps to help people read at 1,000 WPM, needless to say, I was skeptical. These apps seemed like gimmicks at best. When I tried the apps for myself, though, I was actually pleasantly surprised. The theory behind these so-called Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP) apps is that when we read, we waste a lot of time because our eyes constantly make unnecessary ...

Posted Jan. 28, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Hurry! Check these 10 STEM Scholarships with February Deadlines

STEM majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) are hot college degrees and students who pursue these careers have lots of scholarship help available. These are just 10 scholarships with February deadlines specifically for students pursuing those majors: Scholarship for Woodworking Manufacturing Students Amount: Up to $5,000 This scholarship is open to students planning to enroll in a wood science or wood technology program at an accredited two-year or four-year technical school, college or university. Deadline: Feb. 3, 2016 Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars Program Amount: $2,500 The applicant must be a graduating senior of a high school from one of the sponsoring ...

Posted Jan. 20, 2016, 9 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
Why Girls Should Consider Engineering as a Profession

Are you a girl interested in creative design, solving problems, and changing the world? Maybe you’re an engineer at heart. Forget what you might imagine about engineering: It’s only for guys, it’s boring, it’s nerdy. How about helping a Native American reservation save money on energy or developing household products that are easy to use or designing a bridge that cuts down on noise pollution? Those are just some of the accomplishments among women engineers we found on Engineeryourlife.org, a collaboration of the National Academy of Engineering; corporations like Boeing and Northrop Grumman; the WGBH Educational Foundation and the Extraordinary ...

Posted Dec. 10, 2015, 9:19 a.m. by Monica Fuglei | View Comments
Why Write?  How Writing Makes STEM Students Stronger

“What are you doing here?” my colleagues asked. We were attending the Colorado STEM summit, a meeting that focused on creating connections between K-12 education and administration, higher education, and STEM-related employers. Many at my table wondered why a composition instructor would snag an invite, but as we listened to speaker after speaker highlight the necessity of good communication skills for STEM students, the answer was clear. Writing is linked to problem solving “Students must learn to communicate,” that’s the simple way Thomas Cycyota, president and CEO of Allosource, a biotech company, put it during the business panel. Many STEM ...

Posted Dec. 9, 2015, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Three Reasons to Embrace Being a Nerd

Some kids think that being labeled a nerd is the worst thing it the world. They assume it goes with being awkward and unable to talk comfortably with others. They think that nerds have no friends. The truth is, being a nerd isn’t bad. You can be proud of your interests, and just because you’re not on the football team doesn’t mean you aren’t “cool” in your own way. Whether you’re proud of being a little nerdy or not, here are three reasons you should be! 1. You’re probably learning some high-paying skills Unless the school football star is getting ...

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