To foster the next generation of STEM leaders and problem-solvers
What does STEM mean to a scientist? There is a saying in science that illustrates this acronym and how basic it is to all of scientific research; "Biology is explained by chemistry, chemistry is explained by physics, and physics is explained by math". In our laboratory, in any of the investigations that our young scientists have carried out, all branches of science are involved. For example, many times the research project will require building and adapting instruments in order to carry out the experiment. Keep this in mind when you enter our laboratory and think of working on any subject of interest, whether it seems to be in the life sciences, physical sciences, or math and computer sciences.
Our STEM Center is a state-of-the-art laboratory that is equipped with a wide array of advanced scientific instruments that support research across the STEM disciplines. Our lab is instructed by experts in the STEM fields. Our programs are typically designed and executed by PhD scientists and engineers who have taken a direct part in designing their respective programs. For more information, make sure to click the links below:
Middle and High School students are offered a rare opportunity to do real, hands-on research in either our intensive Summer Program (3-weeks, 8 hrs/day) or our After School Program (3:00-5:30PM, 2 days/week, throughout the academic year). To Participate in the Summer Program, you must be a student in grades 7-12 or a graduating senior by the fall of 2018. To participate in the After School Program, you must be a student in grades 6-12 or a graduating senior by the fall of 2017.
Those students who have successfully generated enough data from multiple experiments are encouraged to pursue a number of venues to disseminate their research under the guidance of our advising scientists. These venues include regional/national/international symposia, journals, and competitions. Two of the most common venues accessed by our students are publishing and presenting at the Annual Meeting of the AAAS, or presenting and publishing with the scientific honor society Sigma Xi. Some of our students have also presented at regional Science Fairs and national science competitions.
Authentic scientific research is challenging. Sometimes, hard work, skill and tenacity will not yield enough data to meet what scientists would generally consider worthy of presenting to the scientific community. In cases like this, the student-scientist has clearly succeeded in learning the most important parts of the scientific process and should be encouraged to continue in STEM research. Their perseverance will usually lead to the final stage resulting in an invitation to present in person or in a formal publication at a later date.
To qualify to publish and present at the AAAS annual meeting, a student must submit an Abstract and a Summary Paper of their research to our Review Committee by September 1st to attend the annual meeting the following February. If the student's Summary Paper is accepted, the student is invited to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting as a member of the American Junior Academy Academy of Science. At this 4-day meeting, the student will present her/his research at a formal Poster Session and also present to their Junior Academy peers in a Research Round Table Discussion. In addition, students will discuss their research with some of the leading scientists of the world at a formal "Breakfast with Scientists", in 2018 to be held in Austin Texas. For more information, click here.