The United States Naval Academy’s Summer STEM Camp helps youth in grades 9–11 jumpstart their careers in engineering and technology. The camp operates under the premise that engineering is all about discovering new things, solving problems, and learning how things work.
The US Department of Defense’s STARBASE program exposes the nation’s at-risk youth to the technological environments and positive civilian and military role models found on Active, Guard, and Reserve military bases and installations.
With the freemathematics software toolGeogebra, students can create difficult geometric figures and manipulate the consequences by making slight to drastic changes in the dimensions. They can test conjectures, accurately represent proofs, and solve algebraic problems with visual support.
Young children, aged 5–7, can use ScratchJr, an introductory programming language, to create their own interactive stories and games. Children can modify characters in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, even insert photos of themselves—and then use the graphical programming blocks to make their characters come to life.