STEM for High School: STEM Activities and Resources

STEM Activities STEM Programs for High School

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.


STEM for High School is one part of a series of comprehensive STEM activities and resources that are broken down into the categories shown below.

STEM Activities and Resources for Kids: 319 STEM Sites

STEM Activities and Learning Websites ♦Games and Apps ♦Camps and After School Programs ♦Contests ♦Grants and Awards ♦Career Resources ♦Initiatives


STEM Activities and Learning Websites


Arrick Robotics

  • Content: automation, mobile robots and robotics resources including lists of competitions and contests, groups and clubs, games and simulation.

Codeacademy

  • Content: free interactive online coding courses and coding resources in major programming languages like HTML, CSS, AngularJS, Python, PHP, jQuery, JavaScript, SQL, Java, Ruby on Rails etc.

Code.org

  • Content: online computer science courses, videos , games for kids 6-17

Since launching in 2013 with a #1 YouTube video of the a day, Code.org has expanded to build a full organization supporting a worldwide movement to provide easy access to computer science education for everyone.  They design courses, train teachers, partner with large school districts, and help change government

DiscoverE

  • Content: resources on engineering careers and preparing for college and research schools, with videos, trips, websites links and hands-on activities.

Engineering, Go for It! (eGFI)

  • Content: careers advice, engineering fields info, links to the eGFI magazine

EPA Students

  • Content: environmental news, contests, games, quizzes, videos, environment-based homework resources, lesson plans and project ideas

This website is run by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Exploratorium

  • Content: Interactive STEM & art activities, videos, apps, links, blogs and more

A cool STEM & art website from the San Francisco-based Exploratorium.

Extreme Science

  • Content: info on world records in natural science, including earth science and the plant and animal kingdom, wild and weird facts about nature, and resources for science projects

A very interesting website about extreme science.

How Stuff Works

  • Content: hundreds upon thousands of articles, videos, audio podcasts and apps about the wonders of science and almost everything else on the planet

After starting in 1998 at a college professor’s kitchen table, this hugely popular STEM site has nearly 40 million visitors each month.

Mu Alpha Theta

  • Content: mathematics club for high schools and two-year colleges

Also known as the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society.  This organization of mathematics clubs serves over 108,000 student members in more than 2200 schools in the United States and 20 foreign countries and annually offers more than $300,000 in scholarships, grants, awards, and prizes.

Museum of Science + Industry Chicago Online Science

  • Content: STEM apps and games, activities , videos, and podcasts

Explore science from Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, one of the largest science museums in the world.

NASA Education for Students

  • Content: Career information, image galleries, NASA Television, features and articles about aerospace

NASA Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA)

  • Content: free STEM program for kids K-12

SEMAA was developed to increase the participation of historically underserved K-12 youth in STEM fields. School activities and summer sessions are at 14 locations in 12 states and the District of Columbia.

National Academies Press

  • Content: over 5,000 STEM reports in downloadable PDFs

The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in STEM. NAP was created by the National Academy of Sciences to publish the reports of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States.

NOVA

  • Content: STEM videos, science and an education blog

The website of PBS’s NOVA,  the most-watched prime time science series show on American television from PBS, produces an extensive list of science resources and original content.

Science Buddies

  • Content: over 1,000 ideas for science fair projects, project guides, project kits, family science activities and detailed profiles of STEM careers.

Science Channel

  • Content: Science Channel’s TV programs, videos, quizzes, games and the latest science news.

STEM-Works

  • Content: STEM activities, articles, and job info

Student Science

  • Content: science news, blogs, resources and information about Intel competitions

From the Society for Science & the Public, Student Science is a science resource website for students.

TechRocket

  • Content: programming, graphic design, and game design courses for kids and teens
  • Pricing: first 7 courses are free then $19-29 per month

Tynker

  • Content: fun programming courses for kids 7+

With Tynker, Kids learn to code,  built games and apps, draw math art, interface with hardware and more.

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STEM Games and Apps


Algebra Touch

  • Platforms: iOS
  • Pricing: $2.99

This touch-based app teaches and allows practice of algebraic concepts.

Cargo-Bot

  • Recommended age: 5+ to adults
  • Platforms: iOS
  • Pricing: Free

Over one million people have enjoyed Cargo-Bot. It is one of the coolest coding games for kids. Players use coding concepts like loops and procedures and do a ton of debugging.

Code Combat

  • Recommended age: 13+ (or younger with guidance/consent)
  • Platforms: Web
  • Pricing: Free

Code Combat has players inputting actual code to play (Javascript currently, with experimental support for CoffeeScript, Python, Clojure, and Lua). Don’t let that put you off, though, as Code Combat does a great job of entertaining while teaching. There are single-player levels and multi-player levels.

The Elements

  • Platforms: iOS
  • Pricing: $13.99

This periodic table app is engaging with pictures and interesting stories.

Muscle System Pro III

  • Platforms: iPad, iPhone, Mac
  • Pricing: $9.99, $4.99(iPhone Edition), $19.99(Mac)

Developed in collaboration with the Stanford University School of Medicine, this interactive app allows you to explore the workings of human musculature, layer by layer.

NASA App

The app is an official NASA app, jam-packed with more information on the U.S. space program and astronomy than you could digest in a lifetime. With new information added daily from a variety of NASA sources. This monster app includes live streaming of NASA TV, over 14,000 images, over 10,000 on-demand videos, news stories and International Space Station (ISS) sighting opportunities.

National Geographic Apps

  • Platforms: iOS, Kindle Fire
  • Pricing: varies

National Geographic apps includes National Geographic digital magazine, World Atlas, National Parks, City Guides and more.

Pocket Universe

The ultimate astronomy app. The free version displays thousands of stars, constellations, and solar system objects on a real-time rendered view of the sky. The view will move automatically as you move left, right, up and down. With the full version, you can track the International Space Station, play quizzes, virtually walk on Mars, see 80,000 stars and more.

Solar System for iPad

  • Platforms: iPad
  • Pricing: $13.99

This reference app is a digital book about our solar system, including facts about the sun, planets, moons, asteroid belts, and more. It comes to life with high-resolution photos, videos, animation, music, text, and some interactivity.

Sparticl

  • Platforms: Web
  • Pricing: free

This awesome STEM site has answers to science questions, images, videos, games, and hands-on activities for teens.

Robozzle

Robozzle is a social puzzle game which teaches programming. Using only a few simple commands, teach the robot to recurse a tree, follow a linked list, or count in binary. The levels range from those suitable for younger children right up to puzzles that will make seasoned coders scratch their heads.

SpaceChem

SpaceChem tasks players with building machines to fight monsters, using programming concepts like in-order execution, loops, branching, and subroutines.

Virtual Frog Dissection

With vivid 3D images, it is an alternative to live animal dissections. Students can try dissecting a virtual specimen with all the dissection tools and detailed instructions without the mess.

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STEM Camps and After School Programs


Ambition Program at National Flight Academy

  • Grades: 7 – 12
  • Curriculum: Aerodynamics, Propulsion, Navigation, Communications, Flight physiology and Meteorology
  • Programs: summer residential camp
  • Locations: Pensacola, Florida

Kids are immersed in 6 days of innovative play and adventure in a theme-park setting camp to explore premier technology. Limited scholarships are available.

Alaska Summer Research Academy (ASRA) – High School

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Curriculum: STEM
  • Programs: summer residential camp
  • Locations: University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska

At ASRA STEM camp, you’ll spend two weeks on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, working in small teams and participating in project-based learning. Some modules will take you to remote areas of Alaska for fieldwork.

Alfred University Summer Camps

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Curriculum: Technology, Science, Robotics, Art, Sports, and more
  • Programs: summer day camp, summer residential camp

ASM Student Materials Camps

  • Grades: 11-12
  • Curriculum: Computer science, Robotics, Game development, Engineering
  • Programs: summer day camp summer residential camp
  • Locations: worldwide

It is a free camp funded by ASM Materials Education Foundation.

Auburn University Engineering Summer Camp

  • Grades: 4-12
  • Curriculum: Ornithology
  • Programs: summer day camp, summer residential camp
  • Locations: Auburn University, Alabama

Audubon Camps

  • Grades: 1-8 (day camps); teens – adults (residential camps)
  • Curriculum: Ornithology
  • Programs: summer day camp, summer residential camp
  • Locations: 30 Audubon Centers across the country

Kids have fun exploring the natural world. The Wild Birds Unlimited scholarship funds have helped almost 2,000 youth attend this camp since 2007.

Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy Program

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Curriculum: Aviation, Aerospace
  • Programs: summer camp
  • Locations: nationwide

Campers learn about planning a flight, aviation history, the physics of flight, and the design and maintenance of aircraft. At some locations, even fly in a airplane!

Black Girls Code

  • Grades: 2-12
  • Curriculum: Computer programming, Robotics
  • Programs: workshop, after school program
  • Locations: nationwide

Through community outreach programs, Black Girls Code introduces underprivileged girls to computer programming and LEGO Robotics. They offer a limited number of financial-need based scholarships

Boston University Summer Term

  • Grades: 12
  • Curriculum: Astronomy, Biology, Biomedical engineering, Chemistry, Electrical and computer engineering, Mechanical engineering, Medical laboratory research, Neuroscience, Physics, and Psychology
  • Programs: six week research internship
  • Locations: Boston, MA

Camp Euclid: A Mathematics Research Camp

  • Grades: 7-12
  • Curriculum: Math
  • Programs: six-week online summer camp
  • Locations: anywhere

Students mull over and grapple with tantalizingly difficult math problems within a circle of fellow researchers who meet and collaborate online.  The camp offers grants and scholarships.

Camp KAOS

  • Grades: 2 – adult
  • Curriculum: Space science and Astronomy
  • Programs: summer day camp, summer residential camp
  • Locations: Hutchinson, Kansas

Kids discover the thrill of space at the Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center, where they train kids just like astronauts in their camps since 1985. Scholarships are available.

CoderDojo

  • Grades: 2-12
  • Subjects: App Development,  Website design, Game design, Robotics
  • Programs: social club
  • Locations: worldwide

CoderDojo is a fun and social club where young people can go to explore technology together and get advice and support from skilled mentors.

Com-Star Learning

  • Grades: 1-12
  • Curriculum: Programming, Website design, Game design, Robotics, Mapping, Digital arts, Digital music, and more
  • Programs: summer camp, after school program
  • Locations: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia

Cornell’s Adult University Youth Programs

  • Grades: Preschool-10
  • Curriculum: STEM, Outdoor Adventures, Sailing, Literature
  • Programs: summer residential camp, summer day camp
  • Locations: Ithaca, NY

Designed and led by Cornell faculty, the nationally acclaimed programs are for kids ages 3-15. Even the youngest campers can be in residence with a registered resident adult.

Cornell University Summer College

  • Grades: 10-12
  • Curriculum: Art, Business, English, STEM, Literature, Law, Medicine and more
  • Programs: summer residential camp
  • Locations: Ithaca, NY

The programs offer motivated students an great opportunity to take courses at a Ivy League university while earning college credit, working closely with internationally recognized faculty, exploring majors and career options, making friends from around the world, and enjoying great natural beauty of the region.

Digital Media Academy

  • Grades: 1-12
  • Curriculum: Game design, iPhone programming, Film making, 3D animation, Robotics, Photography & art, Music production, Sports, Courses for girls
  • Programs: summer camp
  • Locations: 10 states and over 20 campuses in the US, Canada

Digital Media Academy is a digital art and technology training company. They have robotics camps and STEM summer camps for kids ages 6-18 at over 20 campuses in the US and Canada.

Duke University: Talent Identification Program (TIP)

  • Grades: 5-12
  • Curriculum: STEM, Art, Robotics, and more
  • Programs:  residential summer camp, online
  • Locations: Durham NC, nationwide and worldwide locations

TIP includes Summer Studies, eStudies and Field Studies. It is claimed as a global leader in identifying academically gifted students and providing them with opportunities to support their development.

Education Unlimited®

  • Grades: 4-12 (residential camp); 1-6 (day camp)
  • Curriculum: Public speaking, College admissions and SAT prep, Science, Acting, Creative writing, Computer, Video production
  • Programs: summer residential camp, summer day camp (CA)
  • Locations: 11 locations in California and on the East Coast, including Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Caltech, UC San Diego, Brown University, Yale University, Georgetown University, MIT and Tufts University.

Emagination

  • Grades: 3-12
  • Curriculum: 3D animation, Website design, Programming and app design, Game design, Minecraft, Robotics, Engineering
  • Programs: summer camp
  • Locations: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Bridgeport, Connecticut

Emagination was founded in Connecticut in 1982. Each summer children travel to their campus locations from all across America and several foreign countries.

Embry – Riddle Aeronautical University Summer Camps

  • Grades: 2-12
  • Curriculum: Flight, Engineering, Robotics, Space science, Athletics, Math, Computer Science
  • Programs: summer day camp, summer residential camp
  • Locations: Arizona, Florida

Students from around the globe attended the popular camps at Embry – Riddle’s Arizona and Florida Campuses.

Engineering Innovation

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Curriculum: Computer engineering, Chemical engineering, Electrical engineering, Material science, Civil engineering, Robotics, and Mechanical engineering
  • Programs: summer residential camp, summer day camp
  • Locations:  JHU Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD and other sites in California, the District of Columbia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington

With curriculum developed by Johns Hopkins University,  the program runs four or five weeks depending on the location. Students are eligible to receive a John Hopkins University transcript with 3 college credits. Limited need-based financial assistance is available for partial and full scholarships.

Engineering Possibilities in College

  • Grades: 7-12
  • Curriculum: Engineering
  • Programs: summer day camp, summer residential camp
  • Locations: Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, California

Harvard University Pre-College Program and Secondary School Program

  • Grades: 10-11
  • Curriculum: a choice of over 50 noncredit courses, workshops
  • Programs: two week summer residential program
  • Locations: Cambridge, MA

Harvard University Secondary School Program

  • Grades: 10-12
  • Curriculum:  a choice of over 200 college course, workshops
  • Programs: seven week program with the choice to live on campus, commute, or study online.
  • Locations: Cambridge, MA

Participant can transfer earned college credits to a college in the future.

iD Tech

  • Grades: 1-12
  • Curriculum: Programming & app development, Game design, Website design, Robotics, Film & video, 3D modeling & printing
  • Programs: summer camp
  • Locations: 150+ locations nationwide

They currently offer programs at over 100 university, college, high school, and elementary school locations throughout the United States, with the most distinguished campuses including Stanford, UCLA, Princeton, and MIT.

Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (IMACS)

  • Grades: 1 -12
  • Curriculum: Logic puzzles, Computer programming, Virtual robotics, Electronics
  • Programs: summer camp, after-school program, weekend program
  • Locations: South Florida, North Carolina, St. Louis, Connecticut

Kids-N-Technology

  • Grades: K-12
  • Curriculum: Computer programming,  Game design, Robotics, Hardware engineering
  • Programs: summer camp, after-school program, weekend program, club, Girls Pursuing Science (GPS)
  • Locations: North Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi

MIT Women’s Technology Program (WTP)

  • Grades: 11 girls
  • Curriculum: Electrical Engineering, Computer science, Mechanical Engineering
  • Programs: 4-week summer residential camp
  • Locations: Cambridge, MA

WTP is claimed to be an intense academic experience rather than a “summer camp”. Every year, 60 girls will be admitted from about 400 applicants nationwide.

MIT Minority Introduction to Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Science (MITES)

  • Grades: 11
  • Curriculum: Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Entrepreneurship, Writing and Design
  • Programs: 6-week summer residential camp
  • Locations: Cambridge, MA

This rigorous program is free.

National Computer Camps

  • Grades: 1-12
  • Curriculum: Video game design, Computer languages, Web page design, 3D printing, Digital video production, Software applications, QR programming, Android App programming, Minecraft and Modding, Network+ certification, A+ hardware certification, PSAT and SAT math preparation
  • Programs: summer camp (residential, all day and morning only)
  • Locations: Connecticut, Atlanta, Cleveland

National Student Leadership Conference

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Curriculum: College-level lectures, Leadership, Career exploration
  • Programs: summer residential camp
  • Locations: 9 campuses in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Haven, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C.

Attendees experience a future career and life on a college campus, enjoy college-level lectures, and develop leadership.

Northern Illinois University STEM Camps

  • Grades: 2-12
  • Curriculum: Art, Chemistry, Engineering,  Robotics, Waterbotics, Wild biology, Math, Science, Video game design
  • Programs: day and residential summer camp
  • Locations: Northern Illinois University

Purdue University School of Engineering and Technology Summer Camps

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Curriculum: Technology, Engineering, Math
  • Programs: residential summer camp

Preparing Outstanding Women for Engineering Roles (POWER) and Women in Information Technology(winIT) are residential camps for high school girls. Some scholarships are available.

Purdue Polytechnic Institute Summer Camps

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Curriculum: Technology, Engineering, Math
  • Programs: summer camp

There are various of free and low cost day or residential summer camps. DO iT! Camp, TAGS Camp, TEAM Camp, WOWiT Camp are designed for girls.

Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

  • Grades: 1 -12
  • Curriculum: Robotics
  • Programs: competitions, workshops, camps, conferences
  • Locations: nationwide

Find your local event at robot events.

Rochester Institute of Technology RIT K-12 Academy

  • Grades: 1-12
  • Curriculum: STEM, Robotics, Visual arts, Sports and more
  • Programs: summer camp
  • Locations: Rochester, NY

Various summer camps target different age/gender groups, including Kids on Campus, CBET Bioscience Camps, Everyday Engineering Summer Camp (girls only), RoboCamp, Lil Kids on Campus, Smash Experience for Girls, etc.

San Francisco State University Summer Engineering Institute

  • Grades: 10-11
  • Curriculum: Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical engineering, Mathematics, Robotics, Computer programming, Renewable energy, and Computer-aided design
  • Programs: summer residential camp
  • Locations: San Francisco State University, CA

It’s a two-week residential summer camp.

Santa Clara University Summer Engineering Seminar (SES) program

  • Grades: 10-11
  • Curriculum: Bio, Civil, Computer Science, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
  • Programs: summer residential camp
  • Locations: Santa Clara University, CA

This is a competitive free program.

Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)

  • Grades: 9 -12
  • Curriculum: Science, Engineering
  • Programs: intern
  • Locations: 25 Department of Navy laboratories nationwide

SEAP provides competitive research internships to high school students who spend eight weeks during the summer doing research at Department of Navy (DoN) laboratories, which can lead to employment within the DoN.

Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science (SAMS)

  • Grades: 12
  • Curriculum: Math, Science
  • Programs: summer camp
  • Locations: Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon’s competitive STEM summer residential program is rigorous for promising students.  There’s no tuition, housing or dining fees if you’re selected. The goal of the program is to prepare students for admission to selective colleges and universities in engineering, science and other math-based majors.

Summer@Rensselaer

  • Grades: 1-12
  • Curriculum: STEM, Sports and more
  • Programs: summer camp
  • Locations: Troy, NY

The Summer Science Program

  • Grades: 12
  • Curriculum: Science
  • Programs: summer residential camp
  • Locations: Colorado, New Mexico

One of the longest-running and most successful pre-college enrichment programs, SSP has been offering live-changing experience for young scientists for over 50 years.

Summer Study Pre-college summer programs

  • Grades: 12
  • Curriculum: STEM, Sports and more
  • Programs: summer camp
  • Locations: Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York, and Paris, France

From college credit pre-college summer programs to French immersion study abroad programs in Paris, their summer programs combine stimulating academics with sports, recreational, social and/or cultural activities.

SUNYIT SummerITeens

  • Grades: 4-12
  • Curriculum: Bioengineering, Alternative Energy, Robotics, STEAM,  Nanotechnology, and more
  • Programs: summer camp
  • Locations: Utica, NY

Syracuse University Summer College Programs

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Curriculum: Acting/musical theater, Architecture, Art and design, Engineering, Law, Fashion design, Liberal arts, Management, Public communications and more
  • Programs: summer residential camp
  • Locations: Syracuse, NY

Programs offer regular undergraduate level and special pre-professional courses, some of which are credit bearing, for either 2, 3 or 6 weeks in length.

UCLA Sci|Art NanoLab

  • Grades: 11-12
  • Curriculum: Science, Art
  • Programs: summer residential camp
  • Locations: UCLA

Imagine the “Impossible”. The Sci|Art NanoLab is a highly competitive, 2-week summer program for high school juniors and seniors interested in collaborating with diverse and notable minds to challenge traditional, polarized perspectives of the arts and sciences. Earn 4 units of transferable UCLA College credits!

Union College EDGE

  • Grades: 10-11 girls
  • Curriculum: Robotics, Bioengineering, Communications
  • Programs: two-week summer residential camp
  • Locations: Schenectady, NY

United States Coast Guard Academy AIM (Academy Introduction to Mission)

  • Grades: 12
  • Curriculum: Robotics, Engineering, Military and Physical Training
  • Programs: summer residential camp
  • Locations: New London, Connecticut

AIM is now widely regarded as the most realistic service academy summer orientation program in the country. Students experience the challenges and rewards of rigorous academics at an engineering school, and by military and physical training.

University of Arizona Astronomy Camp

  • Grades: 8-Adults
  • Curriculum: Astronomy, Science, Engineering
  • Programs: summer residential camp
  • Locations: University of Arizona

This camp is available internationally to both teenagers and adults.

University of Arizona Summer Engineering Academy

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Curriculum: Engineering, Science, Technology, Computer science
  • Programs: summer residential camp
  • Locations: University of Arizona, AZ

University of Evansville OPTIONS for High School Girls

  • Grades: 9-11 girls
  • Curriculum: Engineering, Computer science
  • Programs: summer residential camp
  • Locations: Evansville, IN

Participants receive UE college scholarships totaling $5,000.

University of Notre Dame Introduction to Engineering

  • Grades: 11
  • Curriculum: Engineering, Computer Programming
  • Programs: residential summer camp
  • Locations: Notre Dame, IN

Some partial scholarships are available for this competitive two-week camp.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Summer STEM Camps

  • Grades: 4-12
  • Curriculum: STEM, Robotics
  • Programs: summer residential camp, summer day camp,
  • Locations: Worcester, MA

Residential camps are for grades 7-12 and include Camp Reach (for girls), Frontiers, Launch, Leadership Academy for Young Women. There are nine STEM and robotics day camps.

Youth Digital Summer Camps

  • Grades: 3 -11
  • Curriculum: Java programming, 3D animation, 3D game design, App design, 3D printing, Fashion design
  • Programs: summer camp
  • Locations: Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia


For local programs, please refer to our guide for State-based STEM Camps and After School Programs.

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STEM Contests


The journey toward the International Mathematical Olympiad
the most prestigious and difficult secondary mathematics examination in the world.

  • Step 1: AMC 10/12

    This 25-question, 75-minute multiple choice exams in high school mathematics is the first step on the journey toward the International Mathematical Olympiad.

  • Step 2: The American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME)

    The top scoring students in AMC 10/12 are invited to take the AIME which is a 15 question, 3 hour examination. Top scorers in this test go on to the USAMO/USAJMO (see below).

  • Step 3: United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO/USAJMO)

    USAMO/USAJMO are six question, two day, 9 hour essay/proof examinations for the top scorers of AIME/AMC12 and  AIME/MAC10 respectively.

  • Step 4: Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP)

    MOSP is a three-to-four week intensive summer program held immediately after the USAMO Award Ceremony to prepare students for possible participation on the team that will represent the USA at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). The six-member team to represent the U.S. at the International Mathematical Olympiad is selected during MOSP.

  • Step 5: You made it to the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)!

    Six students make it through the AMC 10/12, the AIME, the USAMO/USAJMO and the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP) are selected as the U.S. Team to the IMO. There, the most talented high school students from over 90 nations compete in an extremely challenging two day examination.

Air Force Association (AFA) CyberPatriot Competition

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Teams are tasked with managing the network of a small company. They are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cyber security vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period.

American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) Power Contest

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Subjects: STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)

ARML is billed as the World Series of mathematics competitions. About 120+ teams of 15 students will participate.

Botball®

  • Grades: K-6 (junior challenge); 7-12(Botball)
  • Subjects: Computer programming, Robotics

You can find their current event near you. Scholarships are available for qualified teams.

Envirothon

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Subjects: Natural resource management, Environmental science

The winning teams from participating U.S. states and Canadian provinces compete for recognition and scholarships at Envirothon.

FIRST

  • Grades: K-3 (Junior FIRST® LEGO® League), 4-8 (FIRST® LEGO® League), 7-12 (FIRST® Tech Challenge), 9-12 (FIRST® Robotics Competition)
  • Subjects: LEGO® bricks,  Robotics

FIRST offers robotics programs worldwide.  Find the events/programs/teams in your area.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Subjects: Science, Engineering

Only the best and brightest—nearly 1,700 winners of local, regional, state, and national competitions out of approximately 7 million participants—are invited to participate in this week-long celebration of STEM. There are more than $5 million in awards and scholarships.

Intel Science Talent Search (STS)

  • Grades: 12
  • Subjects: Science

Intel STS bills itself as the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. The top 40 candidates out of approximately 1,800 participants are selected as Intel STS finalists. They are invited to Washington, D.C., to attend a week-long competition for top honors of the basic research medal, the global good medal and the innovation medal with a $150,000 first-place prize.

International Biology Olympiad (IBO)

  • Grades: 10-12
  • Subjects: Biology

The International Biology Olympiad (IBO) is a competition involving student teams from roughly sixty countries. Four students are selected to represent a participating country based on the results from its national competition. In the United States, that qualifying contest is called the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO), with two rounds of exams. The top twenty students are invited to a residential training program. Finally, four students earn the right to represent the USA at the IBO.

Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Subjects: Applied mathematics

Participants work in teams to tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints akin to those faced by industrial applied mathematicians. Scholarship prizes total $150,000.

NASA Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments (CELERE)

  • Grades: 8-12 or 5-12 (multilevel teams)
  • Subjects: STEM

The CELERE Design Challenge is a joint educational program of NASA and Portland State University (PSU), enabling students in grades 8-12 to participate in micro gravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA Dropping In a Microgravity Environment (DIME)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Subjects: STEM

DIME is a component of a NASA competition program which allows teams to design and build a science experiment which will then be operated in a NASA microgravity drop tower facility. This program is a project-oriented activity which lasts one school year for the selected teams.

National Stem League (NSL)

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Subjects: STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)

There are three series in the NSL league: Racing Challenge, Rover Challenge, Innovators-in-Training Challenge with a Energy Challenge as a bonus category in all three series.

National STEM Video Game Challenge

  • Grades: 5-8 (middle school category), 9-12 (high school category)
  • Subjects: Game design

The STEM Challenge is a game design competition that received strong media attention from major outlets such as CNN, Forbes, and Education Week as well as local and national press.

NSBE Jr. Bridge Magazine Contests

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Subjects: STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)

NSBE Jr. Explorer Technical Innovation Competition

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Subjects: STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)

Purple Comet! Math Meet

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Subjects: Math, Science and African-American history

It is a free, online, international, team mathematics competition conducted annually since 2003.

Rocket City Math League (RCML)

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Subjects: Math

It is a year-long student-run international four-round math competition ranging from Pre-Algebra to Calculus.

Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

  • Grades: 1 -12
  • Subjects: Robotics

Science Olympiad

  • Grades: K -12
  • Subjects: Genetics, Earth science, Chemistry, Anatomy, Physics, Geology, Mechanical engineering and Technology

Currently, there are nearly 7,000 secondary schools from 50 states participating  annual Science Olympiad National Tournament, with an additional 10,000 or more elementary schools holding Science Olympiad tournaments or hands-on events. Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.

The Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology

Grades: 9-12 Subjects: Math, Science, Technology

In this nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology, students submit innovative individual and team research projects to regional and national levels of competition as they vie for college scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $100,000.

SourceAmerica Design Challenge

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Subjects: STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)

It is a national engineering competition to  invent a process, device, system or software for people with disabilities.

Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC)

  • Grades: 7-12
  • Subjects: Rocket design, STEM

It is the world’s largest student rocket contest.

Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision

Grades: K-12 Subjects: Science, Technology

ExploraVision is one of the world’s largest K-12 science competitions. More than 350,000 students from across the United States and Canada have participated since its inception in 1992. 2-4 students work in a group to pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros & cons, and obstacles.

U.S.A. Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS)

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Subjects: Math

Different from most mathematics competitions, the USAMTS allows students a full month, or more, to work out their solutions. The problems range in difficulty from being within the reach of most high school students to challenging the best students in the nation.

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician?

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Subjects: Math

Participants compete for cash and prizes by answering multiple choice mathematics questions.

Zero Robotics High School Tournament

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Subjects: STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)

The tournament is run by MIT and sponsored by NASA & ESA. The participants compete to win a technically challenging game by programming their strategies into the SPHERES satellites. The game is motivated by a challenging problem of interest to DARPA, NASA and MIT.