High School STEM

JHU Engineering Innovation

Through Engineering Innovation (opens in new window), high school students put engineering concepts to the test. Applying their knowledge of math and science to labs and hands-on projects, concepts they've learned in their high school classrooms are suddenly linked to real-world practice. Students' confidence grows as they attend college-level lectures, tackle problems, test theories, and ultimately learn to think like engineers.

NCI-Werner H. Kirsten Internship Program

The Werner H. Kirsten Student Intern Program (opens in new window) (WHK SIP) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at Frederick is designed to expose high school seniors to research and administrative management in a health care environment. The scientific interns experience the basic methods of biomedical research through "hands-on" laboratory training. The students in the Internships in Support of Science/Research are assigned projects in budget, personnel, information technology, graphics and media.

Science and Engineering Fair

The Science and Engineering Fair (opens in new window) provides opportunities for students inside and outside the classroom to explore STEM Education.

WISE (Women in Science and Engineering)

WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) encourages high school students to consider pursuing careers in science and engineering. The group meets once a month in the Earth Space Science Laboratory (ESSL) at 210 Madison Street, Frederick, MD from 7:00 to 8:15 PM.

WISE is a program developed to encourage females to participate as they have as a group been identified as underrepresented in the fields of science and engineering; however all students, male and female are welcome to participate.

FIRST Lego Robotics Clubs

Inspires young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. For students aged 6-18, it's the hardest fun you'll ever have. For team mentors, coaches, and volunteers, it's the most rewarding adventure you'll ever undertake. For sponsors, it's the most enlightened investment you could ever make. FIRST (opens in new window) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, engineering, technology, and math. Founded over 20 years ago by inventor Dean Kamen, the 2009-2010 FIRST season attracted more than 210,000 youth and more than 90,000 mentors, coaches, and volunteers from 56 countries. The annual programs culminate in an international robotics competition and celebration where teams win recognition, gain self confidence, develop people and life skills, make new friends, and perhaps discover an unforeseen career path.

Project Lead the Way

STEM education programs like the one offered by PLTW (opens in new window) engage students in activities-, projects-, and problem-based (APPB) learning, which provides hands-on classroom experiences. Students create, design, build, discover, collaborate and solve problems while applying what they learn in math and science. They're also exposed to STEM fields through professionals from local industries who supplement the real-world aspect of the curriculum through mentorships and workplace experiences.  PLTW's comprehensive curriculum for engineering and biomedical sciences has been collaboratively designed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals and school administrators to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving skills in students.  The hands-on, project-based engineering courses for high schools (opens in new window) and middle schools (opens in new window) and biomedical sciences courses for high schools engage students on multiple levels, expose them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provide them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success. whs and linganore engineering and ctc has biomedical.

Foundations of Technology – Grades 9-12

Foundations of Technology is an introductory high school level learning experience that builds on student understanding gained in elementary and middle school courses. It capitalizes on the student’s ability to understand technological concepts and analyze issues regarding the application of technology. In lab and classroom activities, students explore the history of technology, inventions and innovations, the design process, and systems thinking. Foundations of Technology lays the groundwork for additional coursework that provides advanced preparation of students for post-secondary study and careers.

Career and Technology Center, Other Advanced Courses, and Higher Learning

All FCPS high schools provide a unique opportunity for students to explore different career paths and college majors through advanced coursework, career academies, internships, and dual enrollment opportunities.  The Career and Technology Center provides intensive career-specific training to both college-bound and employment-oriented students. Please see the high school course guide for a complete listing of available courses and more information about opportunities for students.

Maryland Science Olympiad

The Maryland Science Olympiad (opens in new window) is a "hands-on" K-12 science program including rigorous academic interscholastic tournaments. Scientists and engineers from Maryland corporations, organizations, and universities oversee the 46 teamwork oriented tournament events. Tournament events are well-balanced between biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, and technology. Competitive opportunities may include various Invitational, Regional, and State-wide tournaments. This opportunity is provided at select schools for more information please contact your school's STEM Leader.

STEM Opportunities

Many schools offer additional opportunities for students such as Math Counts (opens in new window), STEM Fairs, Destination Imagination (opens in new window), Guest Speakers, Lego Education, GPS/Geocaching, STEM Clubs, STEM Nights and Days, STEM Labs, Career Days, Trout in the Classroom (opens in new window), Stock Market Game (opens in new window), Robotics Clubs, School Yard Habitat Projects and many others.  Please contact your schools STEM Teacher Leader for more information.