North East High School STEM

"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are.
If it doesn't agree with the experiment, it's wrong." - Richard P. Feynman


Please help with our STEM Fundraiser. We are collecting inkjet cartridges, cell phones, MP3 players, laser printer toner cartridges, costume jewelry, and jewelry. Help keep these things out of a land fill while helping your school. Bring them to C203 or the office. For more information please see the recycling fundraiser website:
(Please no TVs, VCR, boom-boxes, or Beta players. We cannot take anything larger than a laptop for recycling.)

STEM Parent Presentation Power Point from September 24, 2013

STEM Capstone Project due Dates for Juniors and Seniors

Project Due Dates for 2013 -2014
Fall SemesterPossible Research Topics Due September 6, 2013Research Question Due September 13Capstone Proposals Due September 20, 201310 Summarized and cited sources Due September 27, 2013Procedures for Project Due October 4, 2013First Update on Project Progress Due October 11, 2013Second Update on Project Progress Due November 8, 2013All project experimentation Finalized November 26, 20131st Rough Draft of Paper Due December 6, 20132nd Rough Draft of Paper Due December 20, 2013Final Rough Draft of Paper Due January 3, 2014Finished Copy of Paper Due January 10, 2014
Spring Semester
First Revision of Project Due February 7, 2014Final Revision of Project Due March 7, 2014First Copy of Posters / Presentations March 21, 2014Final Copy of Posters/Presentations Due April 11, 2014 Printing of Posters / Practice Presentations April 22, 2014
Gallery Walk May 20, 2014 - Elkton High School 3:00 to 7:00 pm

Mentor / Volunteer Background Check and Time Sheets

If you are mentoring for a CCPS Capstone project, you must have a valid background check on file with the school. Below are the forms.

In District/School Opportunities

Union Hospital Volunteer Opportunities: CCPS has been having conversations with Union Hospital to help find mentors for our capstone students who have an interest in the medical or health fields. They have provided paperwork and guidelines that the students who are interested in this possibility need to complete. Below are documents if you are interested in perusing this opportunity.

Conference Opportunities
Baltimore Science Fair - March 23rd and 24th, 2014 -

- Registration for the 2014 Fair will begin on January 1, 2014. Please check back for more information.

Summer Internships
Many of these internships open at the start of the calendar year. Check back for updates.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center High School Summer Intern Programs -

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center High School Summer Intern Programs engage interns in applications of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in a research-focused work environment at Goddard. Student interns learn and apply research protocols and processes related to Earth & space-systems science, computer science, engineering, and technology. Projects will be added to the database on a continuing basis, so be sure to check back periodically.

National Institutes of Health:

A couple of tips for successful applications:
1) Keep the area of research that he applicant is interested in broad, so that the applicant would appeal to a wide number of labs.
2) Look up contact details for PIs on the NIH website and after the application is submitted, write a personalized email to the PI stating an interest in working in their lab.
3) E-mail multiple PIs. Many won’t respond to the first email, so email twice if necessary. Attach a copy of your CV to the email.
4) Clearly highlight/summarize any computing/programming skills or previous research experience as often PIs just quickly glance through applications and look for certain keywords.
5) Make sure that the letters of recommendation are in the SIP system by the closing date.
Note that applicants need: to be at least 16 years of age. Often, if the applicant can not get a position through the SIP, then another option is to work as an unpaid volunteer over the summer in an NIH lab. This research experience will then make it easier to get a paid SIP position the next summer or the same lab may invite you back through the SIP program the following summer.

Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP): - CLOSED FOR 2013 APPLICATIONS

The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. The goals of SEAP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further their education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN. SEAP provided competitive research internships to over 265 high school students this year. Participating students spend eight weeks during the summer doing research at 24 DoN laboratories.

Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS):

Hundreds of middle and high school students were exposed to world-class laboratories and scientific experiments this summer during the U.S Army Research Laboratory's Gains in the Advancement of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) programs. Every year ARL opens its doors at Aberdeen Proving Ground and Adelphi, Md., as well as at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), N.M., for students to attend the GEMS science camp. With WSMR hosting about 30 students, Adelphi having about 100 during five, one-week sessions, and APG welcoming about 130 kids during its four, one-week sessions, ARL educated more than 250 kids in math and science. APG students did more than a dozen experiments -- including building a robot and making nylon string -- using lessons in chemistry, engineering, materials science and more. The students are introduced to lab experiments designed by ARL's active scientists, who are many times at the forefront of their fields, and they're allowed to use the equipment the scientists use every day.

Camp Opportunities - Summer of 2014
Many of these camps are yet to be announced. Keep checking for updates on each site.

Penn Engineering Summer Academy -

University of Delaware Summer Camps:

Science Camp @ Salisbury University:

Academic Links Of Interest
Autodesk Education Community:

Other Links of Interest
US Army Education Outreach Programs:
Next Generation Science Standards:
Service Learning Meritorious Hours Form:
Engineering Girl:
Discover Engineering:
How It's Made:
ReActions Magazine: