By Rameen Naviwala
What are some of the best STEM high school extracurricular activities that can help set you up for success? College applications and career aspirations are fueled by high school programs highlighting the importance of participation. Such activities, especially STEM programs, allow students to gain meaningful experience, allowing them to catalyze desires to attain successful careers in these fields. Here are four STEM high school extracurricular activities to set you up for success.
1. Earth Science Club
The Earth or Environmental Science Club, a national organization that offers clubs at many high schools, allows students to investigate earth science within a focused environment. Some activities include scientific research and experiments with ecology that can give you a glimpse of your future career. This club would be a great starting point if you are interested in the environment and how it works.
2. Future Scientists
Universities offer the Future Scientists program to encourage STEM interest in students in middle or high schools. You would be taking college-adjacent courses that often give college-level credits. In this program, students take college-level courses for high-level credit. Although this program unfortunately remains at a high price level without scholarships, it is an excellent opportunity to develop a professional network, gain research experience, and develop workplace skills. The Future Scientists program may be offered at a local university, so check it out!
3. Science National Honor Society (SNHS)
National Honor Societies are exceptional opportunities for students interested in specific disciplines. The Science National Honor Society is a well-suited program targeted towards students interested in various science fields; to qualify for membership, however, students must maintain a high-grade point average, participate in several advanced placement courses, and have a track record for volunteer hours, typically in science research. Participation in this organization can aid in developing workplace readiness skills, professional qualities, and science knowledge. Moreover, the Science National Honor Society can serve as a critical pillar on student resumes, adding an accredited level of prestige to ameliorate college applications.
4. Science Competitions
Joining your local science competitions fosters a sense of competition in competitive fields and enables students to encounter STEM professionals. Winning competitions can improve standing in college applications, research internships, and job opportunities. There are a variety of national, state, and local level competitions students can find and participate in.
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Project-based learning enrichment provides high school students with college and career readiness. It gives them real-world relevance, transforming students into collaborators and imaginative problem solvers. They will gain the upper hand in a global landscape, from enhanced confidence and grit. NSTEM provides these young STEM enthusiasts with a close community of like-minded fellow students and educators. To start your 9-12 Chapter of the National STEM Honor Society, click here.