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Middle School Programs

Next Steps...

Welcome to a new level of discovery.  As your child grows, they are learning more and more about the world around them and their role within it.  The programs in this section are designed to give your child a chance to move beyond the more basic elementary programs and begin to see their own true potential.

Taking the Next Steps in STEM:

GET ON THE “MATH PATH!” - Acceptance at a Maryland public college requires student applicants to have four high school credits of mathematics, including Algebra II. Your youngster will be more successful in college if he or she have taken some form of calculus in high school. That path to success starts with 6th grade math. Have a conversation with your child’s teacher our guidance counselor about the best path.

INVESTIGATE HIGH SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES - Harford and Cecil County Public Schools each offer focused instructional opportunities in STEM.  Additionally, each county also offers specific programs of study at the high school level for students interested in pursuing STEM careers.

PARTICIPATE IN EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES - Encourage your child to go beyond the classroom with these exciting STEM Opportunities

Destination Imagination: Student teams have the opportunity to solve real-world challenges in a dynamic environment. Contact DI administrator Eric Cromwell for more information: eric.cromwell@hcps.org  

FIRST Robotics: An international program, middle schools students participate in First Lego Leagues. Get a team started at your school: www.usfirst.org  

Maryland Summer Center for Computer Science: Two-week non-residential computer science program held at Aberdeen High School, offering students the fundamentals of computer programming. eric.cromwell@hcps.org

The Maryland Summer Center for Conservation Research: a two-week program where students conduct research. Held at Harford Glen Environmental Education Center. eric.cromwell@hcps.org .

Math Counts: An extracurricular mathematics competition consisting of challenging, non-routine problems that push students to think critically. www.mathcounts.org

Other Great Middle School Programs

West Point Bridge Design Contest – This annual contest for students who are 13 and older provides middle school and high school students with a realistic, engaging introduction to engineering.  Prizes include:

  • Each member of the first place team will receive a $10,000 scholarship.
  • Each member of the second place team will receive a $5,000 scholarship
  • Each member of the six finalist teams will win a Notebook Computer.

http://bridgecontest.usma.edu/index.htm

eCYBERMISSION - This free, web-based science, technology, engineering and math competition is for students in grades six through nine. Compete for regional and national awards while working to solve problems in your community. Prizes include:

State Awards:

  • First-place state winners – $1,000 U.S. Series EE savings bond per student
  • Second-place state winners – $500 U.S. Series EE savings bond per student
  • Honorable mention awards – Award certificate and STEM kit

Regional Awards:

  • First-place regional winners – $2,000 per student U.S. Series EE savings bond and an all-expense paid trip to the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area to compete for the first-place national award

National Awards:

  • First-place national winners – $5,000 U.S. Series EE savings bond per student

 https://www.ecybermission.com

 Stay tuned to this section in the coming year as we add more content designed specifically for your student.

 

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