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. STARBASE focuses on elementary students, primarily fifth graders. The goal is to motivate these students to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as they continue their education.
High school students have started taking charge of their own computer science education. One of them, Zach Latta, an 18-year-old who was named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for 2016, has helped to create Hack Club, a network of coding groups that have spread to 12 states and six countries so far.
Engaging with scientists from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is now at educators’ fingertips through free and interactive webcasts and videoconferences that allow students of all ages to work hand in hand with NASA’s experts and educational specialists.
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.
CanTEEN Career Exploration,a free project of Carnegie Science Center’s Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development, helps girls aged 9 to 16 envision themselves in STEM careers through gaming and online activities.