Join Camps and Competitions!
One of the best ways to explore a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics is to get involved! All around the world there are great student programs that will help you learn more about these fields and allow you to meet with other students who share your interests. Through competitions, camps or projects, you’ll work in teams and do everything from building a robot to designing a new water treatment system for a needy area. Best of all, you’ll gain great experience, have fun, and get a first-hand idea of what engineers do!
There are many great ways to get involved. Your school counselor may have a list, or your school may already be involved in some projects. There may be a math club, a robotics team, or a programming group right at your school. But don’t stop there! Find out if there are regional teams or events you can participate in. You can explore a list of student opportunities on TryEngineering.org, but also check with local universities to see what they offer. Most universities with strong engineering programs do offer summer, after-school, weekend, or online resources for pre-university students. When you find a project or competition that looks interesting, suggest it to others at your school. Talk with other students, your teachers, or your counselors and see if your school can get involved.
If you are the only one at your school that is interested, don’t give up! Many national and international competitions or online programs will set up a team for you with other solo students.
The best advice is to follow your instincts in terms of the project or competition you pick — but be sure to get involved. Find a project or competition that looks really interesting to you and join in. For example, through the Botball Educational Robotics Program students from around the world work in teams to design, build and program a pair of autonomous robots for regional and international competitions. Also, through the IET Faraday Engineering Challenge Days, young engineers aged 12 and 13 in the U.K. research, design and build solutions to a real engineering problem. And, eCYBERMISSION is a web-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams. More ideas are online!