Preparing for Greatness…
The time has come for you to let the world know who you are and what you can do. The programs in this section are designed to give you the edge you need as you seek to expand your horizons and make the transition from childhood to adulthood.
How to become a STEM Superstar
SCIENCE CLASSES IN HIGH SCHOOL
Take as many science and mathematics classes in high school as possible. Colleges want students who have more than the required three science credits on their transcript. To be prepared for college-level mathematic courses, students must successfully master Algebra II course content. Students must enroll in a non-trivial mathematics course during their senior year. Work with your teachers and guidance office to see what math and science courses are available to you.
EXTRACURRICULAR STEM PROJECTS AND COMPETITIONS
Participate in extracurricular STEM projects and competitions. Many colleges and employers look for participation in competitions. Several options:
First Robotics: This program has a strong local presence and is supported by SAIC: www.usfirst.org
Maryland Math League: Students vie for points awarded for the completion of extremely challenging mathematics problems. http://www.themathleague.com/
Resources for Science Competitions:
Other featured opportunities include:
The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS). This program promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics at the high school level and publicly recognizes students for outstanding achievement. By connecting talented students, their teachers, and research professionals at affiliated symposia and by rewarding research excellence, JSHS aims to widen the pool of trained talent prepared to conduct research and development vital to our nation. www.jshs.org
The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) - This is the world championship mathematics competition for high school students and is held annually in a different country. The first IMO was held in 1959 in Romania, with 7 countries participating. It has gradually expanded to over 100 countries from 5 continents. The IMO Advisory Board ensures that the competition takes place each year and that each host country observes the regulations and traditions of the IMO http://official.imo2011.nl/
Stay tuned to the High School Programs section in the coming year as we add more content designed specifically for you.