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6th - 8th grade programs

Welcome to a new level of discovery. 

As you grow, you are learning more and more about who you are, and who you hope to become.  The programs in this section are designed to give you a chance to show everyone what you’re made of.  Are you ready to compete……? We know you can do it!

Taking the Next Steps in STEM:


Acceptance at a Maryland public college requires student applicants to have four high school credits of mathematics, including Algebra II. You will be more successful in college if you take some form of calculus in high school. That path to success starts with 6th grade math. Have a conversation with your teacher our guidance counselor about the best path for you.


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.



Destination Imagination: Student teams have the opportunity to solve real-world challenges in a dynamic environment.  

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

Stay tuned to the 6-9 Programs section in the coming year as we add more content designed specifically for you.


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