High School Students

Discover STEM

Your teachers, parents and friends may already be asking you about your future plans. Will you go to college? What will you study? They are doing so because, whether you realize it or not, your future is fast approaching. Have you given a thought to pursuing a science, engineering, technology or mathematics career? These are called STEM careers, and they are in high demand.

If you are undecided on whether to attend college, or if you are unsure of what career path you want to pursue in college, we encourage you to consider a career in STEM. There are many short-term programs that offer you a glimpse inside what it would be like to study and live out a career in STEM.

STEM High Schools

If you are not already attending a high school focused on STEM, you may want to talk to your parents and your teachers about it.

Summer Camps

Spend your summer opening up a world of opportunity available through STEM.


Chiyoda Young Innovators' Academy   

The goal of the two-week Young Innovators' Academy is to interest students entering 7th, 8th and 9th grade in Fall 2018 in topics of engineering, programming and inventions in an effort to cultivate their STEM skills. Students will experience hands-on activities; design, build and innovate ideas for inventions; and participate in the Summer Young Inventors’ Showcase hosted by the Inventors Association of America-Houston Chapter.

For: Entering 7th, 8th and 9th graders

At: University of Houston

Contact: uhoustoninnovators@gmail.com

When: June 11-22, 2018

Grade Camp students

G.R.A.D.E. Camp
For: 8th to 12th grade girls

At: College of Engineering, UH

Contact: grade@egr.uh.edu

When: Summer 

STEP Forward Camp photo

STEP Forward Camp
For: Under served 11th and 12th graders

At: College of Engineering, UH

Contact: promescamp@egr.uh.edu

When: Summer

Prepare for College

Wonder if you already know enough to succeed? Take math, which is so essential the STEM fields: Test your math skills here.

To get a head start on college, you may want to consider taking courses that can help you create your future now. Depending on your interest and possible major, these resources can help you find out what you can be doing now to get you prepared:

I want to build robots.
I want to build a city.
I want to learn about moon rocks.
I want to solve crimes.
I want to turn wind into energy.
I want to find patterns.
I want to improve the environment.
I want to know how things work.
I want to create computer games.

UH Programs

Learn at some of the most interesting Houston area programs for elementary, middle, and high school students. 

Summer Bridge Program

Summer Bridge Program
For: Incoming Freshman majoring in STEM fields

At: University of Houston

Contact: sep@uh.edu

When: Summer

Math Contest

UH Mathematics Contest A free event, the UH Mathematics Contest invites students from Houston area schools to compete in a team project, as well as individual exams in algebra I, geometry, algebra II, pre-calculus, statistics, physics, calculus and calculators. In addition, there is a competition known as the Quick Click Smackdown.

For: Math, science and computer science majors

At: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Contact: jmorgan@math.uh.edu

When: Annually (early spring semester)

Saturday Physics

Saturday Physics The UH Department of Physics partners with Rice University's physics department to implement the largest QuarkNet program in the U.S. A National Science Foundation-sponsored outreach program, QuarkNet focuses on high school physics teachers, with the goal of exposing more students to physics, cutting-edge research and career opportunities. Activities include a summer program for teachers, "Saturday Physics" for students and teachers, and presentations at schools.

For: High school physics teachers

At: Department of Physics

When: Fall, Spring

Students display their poster at the Science Engineering Fair of Houston

Science Engineering Fair of Houston (SEFH) The Science Engineering Fair of Houston promotes the learning and application of science and technology through the development and presentation of science/engineering projects. SEFH serves as the regional fair for all public, private, charter, and home school students, grades 7-12, in Harris County and the 22 surrounding counties in Southeast Texas.
For: All public, private, charter, and home school students, grades 7-12, in Harris County and the 22 surrounding  counties in Southeast Texas.
At: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Technology, and Cullen College of Engineering; UH Downtown

Contact: info@sefhouston.org

When: 2019

Location: University of Houston Athletic Alumni Association

Grades: 7-12