STEM Opportunities for Students
*These opportunities are included for optional, outside-the-school-day STEM experiences.
WISE Club: The FCPS Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) club has scheduled the meetings for 2017-2018. The first meeting is September 20, 2017. It is open to all FCPS high school females interested in STEM. No registration is necessary. Students just show up when they are available. We have a great docket of speakers and fun science door prizes. A typical meeting features a female STEM professional as a speaker, a science themed ice breaker and a science themed hands-on activity. We meet on Wednesday evenings at the ESSL from 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM. For more information visit the WISE website.
FCPS Earth and Space Science Lab Shows: Evening programs will continue Fall 2017. See the newest full-dome features, visit the many creatures, and see the brand new exhibits!
Maryland State Parks will honor Every Kid in a Park passes for the 2017-2018 school year. Earlier this year, Governor Hogan announced that all 72 Maryland State Parks would honor the Federal Every Kid in a Park pass. Fourth graders and their families can access State Parks, as well as Federal sites, for FREE! Passes for the 2016-17 school year go live on September 1. Visit https://www.everykidinapark.gov/ to obtain a pass and find Federal parks to visit, for both families accompanying individual 4th graders as well as for field trip experiences for 4th grade classes. The pass grants entry for the student and three accompanying adults -- or an entire car for drive-in parks -- at more than 2,000 national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and marine sanctuaries. The website also offers educators and parents activities, trip planning books, safety and packing tips, and other helpful information. To find Maryland State Parks, go to: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/parkmap.aspx.
FREDERICK COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY STEM LAB STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math- and the STEM approach to teaching and learning has been a hot topic in education circles for a number of years. Integrating the content and skills of science, technology, engineering, and math begins as early as preschool, launching students on a pathway of learning that focuses on logical reasoning, critical thinking, collaboration, and investigation. The goal of STEM education is to prepare students for post-secondary study and the 21st-century global workforce. FCPL already supports STEM through our collections and programs and is pleased to announce the opening of the STEM Labs at the following Frederick County Public Libraries to meet the needs of area students and to support the goals of local and statewide education initiatives. The four STEM Lab locations: Brunswick Branch, C. Burr Artz Public Library, Thurmont Regional Library,and Urbana Regional Library.
US Army Research laboratory K-12 STEM Outreach Program: AEOP’s STEM Competitions are designed to expose students to scientific research methods and engineering principles in an interactive, hands-on way, and enables them to compete for recognition, scholarships and awards such as JSS, eCYBERMISSION, and JSHS.
(Frederick County Public Schools is not sponsoring, endorsing or recommending the opportunities announced, this list is provided as a resource for possible STEM opportunities)