NSBE Jr. Resource Center

The web is truly an information highway. There is so much available to those who have access to the worldwide web. The following sites focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) areas for pre-collegiate students. These are just a few of the many sites available. If there is not a site listed for your state, you should begin by searching on the sites of your local colleges and universities. If you have a site which you believe would be helpful to other pre-college students, please do not hesitate to forward the site information to our NSBE PCI Team at pci@nsbe.org. Happy surfing!

Dirty Water Project
Civil, chemical and environmental engineers work together to make existing water treatment systems better, or to develop new water treatment systems. Some engineers design state-of-the-art seawater treatment system technologies that take water from the ocean and process it cost-effectively for safe domestic use.  In this activity, students investigate different methods (aeration and filtering) for removing pollutants from water. They will design and build their own water filters.
Contact: TeachEngineering@lists.colorado.edu
Grades:  3rd - 5th
Availability: Nationally

Ability One Design Challenge
The Design Challenge encourages students to develop assistive technologies that empower people with disabilities to overcome barriers to employment. Register today and receive updates and feedback as you embark on “What’s Next?” this school year.
Contact: Stephanie Hurd
Email: shurd@nish.org
Phone:  571-226-4527
Grades: 9th - 12th
Availability: Nationally

CyberPatriot is the premier national high school cyber defense competition that is designed to give hands on exposure to the foundations of cyber security. CyberPatriot is not a hacking competition. CyberPatriot's goal is to excite students about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.
Contact: info@uscyberpatriot.org
Phone:  800-727-3337 x5834
Grades: 9th - 12th
Availability: Nationally

Future City
The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity™ 4 Deluxe software; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials; and present their ideas before judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February.
Contact: info@futurecity.org
Phone: 1-877-636-9578
Grades: 6th - 8th
Availability: Nationally

The InvenTeam initiative, created by the Lemelson-MIT Program, offers an unparalleled opportunity for high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention.   InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors that receive grants up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. Each InvenTeam chooses its own problem to solve.
Contact: inventeams@mit.edu
Phone:  617-452-2147
Grades: 9th - 12th
Availability: Nationally

National Stem Video Game Challenge
Inspired by the Educate to Innovate Campaign, President Obama’s initiative to promote a renewed focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, the National STEM Video Game Challenge is a multi-year competition whose goal is to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passion for playing and making video games.
Contact: http://stemchallenge.org/ContactUs.aspx
Grades: 5th -8th
Availability: Nationally

Team America Rocketry Challenge
The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world's largest rocket contest, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR). It was created in the fall of 2002 as a one-time celebration of the Centennial of Flight, but the enthusiasm about the event was so great that AIA and NAR were asked to hold the contest annually.
Contact: rocketcontest@aia-aerospace.org
Grades: 7th - 12th
Availability: Nationally

How to Smile
SMILE is a national partnership among science and technology centers, museums, community-based organizations, and out-of-school educators. We are dedicated to making science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) exciting and engaging for all learners. Our organizations are resource hubs for educational programs that involve people of all ages and backgrounds.
Contact: questions@howtosmile.org
Grades: Pre-K - 12th
Availability: Nationally

NASA Explorer Schools
The NASA Explorer Schools Project is NASA's classroom-based gateway for middle and high school students (grades 4-12) that provide authentic learning experiences designed around NASA's unique missions while promoting student engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics based on NASA's resources.   NES focuses on student opportunities, giving students a sense of relevance and involvement by linking STEM classroom topics to real-world NASA activities that inspire middle and high school students' interest in STEM disciplines. Through partnerships with national educational organizations and use of best educational practices, the NES project hopes to inspire students to participate in NASA missions and develop their aptitudes in STEM.
Contact: robert.f.lasalvia@nasa.gov 
Phone: 216-433-8981
Grades: Educators 4th - 12th
Availability: Nationally

NASA Innovations in Climate Education
NASA Innovations in Climate Education, or NICE, is designed to improve the quality of the nation’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and enhance students’ and teachers’ literacy about global climate and Earth system change, from elementary grades to lifelong learners. The project is motivated by recommendations made in the National Research Council report "Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond." This Earth decadal study identifies responding to our changing planet as one of the greatest and most important intellectual challenges facing humanity. The study specifies that both the acquisition of new knowledge about the Earth system and the use of Earth observation data are equally important in meeting the complex challenges of global change.
Contact: Sharon.S.Welch@nasa.gov  
Phone: 757-864-6611
Grades: Educators K - 12th
Availability: Nationally

PBS Teachers STEM Education Resource Center
PBS is well known for science series such as NOVA , NATURE and SID THE SCIENCE KID. PBS Teachers offers hundreds of standards-based, online resources designed to help teachers promote understanding of science concepts and development of hands-on science skills.
Contact: http://www.pbs.org/teachers/feedback.html
Grades: Pre-K - 12th
Availability: Nationally

Summer of Innovation
The Summer of Innovation is designed to foster the high-quality engagement of students in summer and after-school programming. NASA aims to assist schools and organizations to inspire and support youth by involving them in exciting and challenging learning opportunities centered on NASA’s unique mission of research and discovery.
Contact: terri.d.rodgers@nasa.gov,  priscilla.a.mobley@nasa.gov
Phone: 216-433-8740 Phone: 216-433-8333
Grades: Educators 4th - 9th
Availability: Nationally

Engineer Girl
The EngineerGirl website is a service of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). It grew out of the work of the Committee on the Diversity of the Engineering Workforce, and was launched in February of 2001. The EngineerGirl website is part of an NAE project to bring national attention to the opportunity that engineering represents to all people at any age, but particularly to women and girls. Bright, energetic girls from all around United States and Canada helped the NAE with the initial development of this site by serving on the Girls Advisory Board. The ongoing work of the site is overseen by the EngineerGirl Steering Committee. and we owe our continued existence to the generous support of our sponsors.
Contact: engineergirl@nae.edu
Grades: 6th - 8th
Availability: Nationally

Engineer Your Life
What's your idea of a dream job? Check out www.EngineerYourLife.org to learn about the many cool jobs in engineering, the inspiring experiences of women engineers, what it's like to be a student in an engineering program, and how you can get started on this exciting career path.
Contact: No direct contact information is available, however linking permissions/guidelines are directly available on the site.
Grades: 9th - 12th
Availability: Nationally

Girl Scouts of the USA
Girls push boundaries, test limits, and look at the world around them with inquisitive eyes. They're natural scientists! Girl Scouts introduces girls of every age to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities that are relevant to everyday life. Whether they're discovering how a car's engine runs, becoming math whizzes, or learning about careers in STEM fields, girls are moving forward into the future. They can host science fairs, design Web sites, plan for space exploration, visit geological sites and more.
Contact: Girl Scouts of the USA
Phone: 800-478-7248
Availability: Nationally

Girl Start
Girlstart's mission is to empower girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Founded in Austin, Texas, in 1997, Girlstart is one of the few community-based informal education programs in the nation specifically dedicated to empowering and equipping K–12 girls in STEM. Girlstart develops and implements a range of innovative, research-based education and mentorship programs designed to promote girls’ early engagement and academic success in STEM, encourage postsecondary aspirations and persistence in the STEM pipeline among women and other under-represented groups, and develop a diverse STEM workforce for the 21st century.
Contact: info@girlstart.org      
512-916-4775 x21
Grades: K-12th
Availability: Austin, TX

NASA GIRLS Virtual Mentoring Program
NASA G.I.R.L.S (Giving Initiative and Relevance to Learning Science) is a virtual mentoring program using commercially available video chat programs to pair Women @NASA mentors with a young girl anywhere in the country.
Contact: Mamta Patel Nagaraja
Email:  hq-women@nasa.gov
Grades: 5th - 8th

Dropping In a Microgravity Environment
DIME & WING are components of a NASA competition allowing teams to design and build a science experiment that will then be performed in a NASA microgravity drop tower facility. This competition is a project-oriented activity that lasts one school year for the selected teams. A DIME team will be comprised of high-school-aged students, while a WING team will be made up of students in grades 5-8. Teams may be formed from groups such as a science class, a combination of classes, a science club, a Scout troop or simply a bunch of friends. Each team, whether DIME or WING, must have an adult advisor, such as a teacher, parent or technical consultant.
Contact: nancy.r.hall@nasa.gov 
Phone: 216-433-5643   
Grade Level: 5th-12th
Availability: Nationally

The Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience, or INSPIRE, is a multitier year-round project designed for students in ninth to 12th grade who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education and careers.
Contact: steven.h.chance@nasa.gov
Grade Level: 9th-12th
Availability: Nationally

Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy
The NASA Science Engineering Mathematics and Aerospace Academy, or SEMAA, is a national, innovative project designed to increase participation and retention of historically underrepresented K-12 youth in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.
Contact: GRC-SEMAA@mail.nasa.gov       
Phone: 216-433-6656
Grade Level: K-12th
Availability: CA, FL, GA, IN, MD, MI, NM, NY, NC, OH, SD, TN, TX, VA and WV

Zero Robotics
"Zero Robotics" is a robotics programming competition where the robots are SPHERES satellites inside the International Space Station. The competition starts online, where teams compete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors. Participants can create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from a web browser. After several phases of virtual competition, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship aboard the ISS. An astronaut will conduct the championship competition in microgravity with a live broadcast!
Contact: zerorobotics@mit.edu
Grade Level: 9th-12th
Availability: Nationally

Discover E
The National Engineers Week Foundation created Discover-E as part of its on-going mission to encourage youth to explore potential careers and opportunities in engineering. Discover-e connects you to engineering related resources in your area through maps, event calendars, event searches and an engineer network.
Contact: info@eweek.org
Phone: 703-684-2852
Grades: Pre-K - 12th
Availability: Nationally

Discover Engineering Family Day
The annual Discover Engineering Family Day is enjoyed by over six thousand visitors to the National Building Museum in Washington DC every February. The festival features dozens of hands-on activities provided by local engineering chapters and national organizations. Every year at the start of Engineers Week, the impressive main hall of the National Building Museum is taken over by thousands of children of all ages experiencing the excitement of engineering, not to mention gumdrops, toothpicks, and slime.
Grades: Pre-K - 12th
Availability: Washington, DC

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Each year “Girl Day” gives thousands of women engineers, with support from their male counterparts, the chance to directly mentor more than one million girls and young women in grades K through12. This section of the www.eweek.org website has been translated into Spanish. Girl Day celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011. (2001-2011).
Contact: eweek@nspe.org
Grades: Pre-K - 12th
Availability: Nationally 

S.P.I.C.E. Camp
S.P.I.C.E. Camp is a week long commuter program for young women who will be entering the 9th and 10th grade next fall and would like to learn more about engineering. Students are introduced to the world of engineering through projects, tours, and guest speakers. Each activity is intended to highlight the relevance of engineering in our daily life and how engineering can work to improve societal problems. All activities will be supervised by current engineering students and conducted in a safe learning environment at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Contact: Mr. Bruk Berhane - Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering
Email: bberhane@umd.edu
Grades: Young women entering grades 9th & 10th
Availability: University of Maryland

Pre-Engineering Summer Camps
A camp directory that lists summer camps for K-12 students in engineering throughout the United States and Canada that are and were previously offered. The directory lists camps that have been hosted by Universities and research centers in the past. Please note that all camps may not be offered every year and that new camps and programs are currently being added.
Grades: Various
Contact: questions@engineeringedu.com
Availability: Nationally

Stepping Stones to Your Future
Stepping Stones to your future is an annual summer engineering camp for rising 7th and 8th graders, offered by the University of Maryland, College Park. This one-week commuter camp is an excellent opportunity for young men and women who are interested in science and engineering to work with current University of Maryland students on a variety of fun and hands-on engineering activities.
Contact: Please visit our website to see current staff  contact: http://www.wie.umd.edu/k12/sstyf
Phone: 301-405-0315 
Grades: Rising 7th and 8th
Availability: University of Maryland