Investing in Our Future
To prepare for the future challenges facing our planet, we need to invest today in building a global, STEM-literate workforce of problem-solvers and innovators. That’s why United Technologies Corporation has teamed up with the New York Academy of Sciences on STEM U, an exciting new program to transform the lives of high school students, teachers, and STEM professionals around the world.
- STEM U: Resources for high school students
- STEM U: Tools for teachers
- STEM U: Volunteer opportunities for STEM experts
Built on Proven Methodology
The STEM U program is based on three core components that have proven highly effective in engaging young people in STEM:
Mentorship from real scientists and engineers
We are inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders by matching students with mentors who are real-world scientists, engineers, and role models.
Tools and training for teachers
To convey the excitement and impact of STEM knowledge, teachers need robust, engaging, and “hands-on” curricula to enhance existing classroom materials and help students get ready for college. We provide free, downloadable content and tips to help teachers bring STEM topics to life in the classroom.
Driving real-world impact through innovation challenges
Each year, United Technologies and the Academy will announce a new open innovation challenge designed to engage students, teachers, and afterschool clubs around the world. Participating teams will gain hands-on experience in developing solutions to real-world challenges in the areas of aviation, sustainable buildings, or food loss and waste. Learn more about the winners of the 2017 United Technologies Future Buildings and Cities Challenge, or apply to become an expert advisor in the United Technologies Aerospace Challenge, taking place this Fall!
Invest in Your Future
Are you a student aged 13–18 with an interest in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM)? Are you looking for a way to differentiate your college applications, learn more about STEM career opportunities, and have fun while you’re at it? United Technologies Corporation and the New York Academy of Sciences have partnered to create STEM U, an all-virtual program to inspire and motivate the next generation of STEM leaders. “All virtual” means you can participate from anywhere, and even better, you’ll get to connect with a community of students from around the world who share your passion for STEM! The STEM U program has the perfect opportunity for you:
- Apply for a STEM Mentor
- Get hands on experience by competing in a STEM Challenge
- Boost your College Readiness
- Develop your Leadership skills
Mentors can give you expert advice on what it’s like to work in a science career, help you consider what colleges to apply for, and much more. Each year we accept applications from motivated students from around the world. To participate, you must be 13–18 years old, have access to the internet, and be comfortable reading and speaking in English. We match you with a STEM mentor who’ll meet with you twice a month throughout the year on our online platform—all for free. We will begin accepting 2018 applications in the summer. In the meantime, you can find out about other opportunities to be matched with a mentor here, or sign up to be notified when mentor/mentee recruiting begins.
Each year, United Technologies and the Academy will announce a new innovation challenge in one of three areas: aviation, sustainable buildings, or food loss and waste. Challenges are open to participation from students and afterschool clubs around the world. You can compete as an individual, or as part of a group. You can even join a multi-national team with other students from many different countries! Participating teams develop and propose solutions to a real-world problem, while STEM experts provide feedback and coaching along the way. Learn more about the winners of the 2017 United Technologies Future Buildings and Cities Challenge, or sign up to be notified when the United Technologies Aerospace Challenge, taking place in Fall 2018, is announced!
Enhance your Skills through Online Video Courses
It takes more than just academic skill to succeed in college and beyond. Check out our online video courses to help you acquire the skills you need to reach your goals.
The college admissions process can be arduous, confusing, and stressful. We make it simple by breaking it down into a step-by-step guide that you can review at your own pace. High school sophomores and seniors can take the entire course, or zero in on parts that are particularly challenging.
What are the skills that you need to win in your educational and professional life? This short, five-part video series will answer that question and help make you a more effective leader. You’ll learn actionable tips on how to achieve just about any goal.
The Future Begins with You
As teachers, we know you’re always looking for new ways to motivate and inspire the next generation. Now the New York Academy of Sciences has partnered with United Technologies Corporation to help you bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to life in the classroom. This free, high-quality content enables students to “learn by doing”, while also preparing them for the college entrance process, and potential careers in STEM. There are a number of ways you and your students can get involved:
- Run Your Own STEM Challenge
- College Readiness Course & Curricula
- Leadership Skills Course
- Help Your Students Find Mentors
Our flexible, project-based Innovation Curriculum will help you teach students how to solve challenges facing their communities—and communities around the world—by applying principles of scientific research and design thinking. This do-it-yourself kit offers engaging ways to build STEM knowledge, as well as 21st-century skills like critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. The Innovation Curriculum is available in two forms: a Classroom Model, designed to be implemented over 8–10 weeks, and a Workshop Model, packaged as an intensive 1–2 day session (similar to a “hack-a-thon”). To learn more, or download the curriculum, go here.
You can run your own challenge, or connect your students with a global community of solvers by participating in one of our public challenges! Each year, United Technologies and the Academy will announce a new innovation challenge in one of three areas: aviation, sustainable buildings, or food loss and waste. Your students can compete as individuals, or as part of a group. They can even join a multi-national team with other students from many different countries! Participating teams develop and propose solutions to a real-world problem, while STEM experts provide online feedback and coaching along the way. Learn more about the winners of the 2017 United Technologies Future Buildings and Cities Challenge, or sign up to be notified when the United Technologies Aerospace Challenge, taking place in Fall 2018, is announced!
The college admissions process can be arduous, confusing, and stressful. We make it simple by breaking it down into a step-by-step video guide that can be used by students, parents, and teachers. Take/teach the entire curriculum, or zero in on parts that are particularly challenging. Best suited for high school sophomores and juniors, this course can also be used in your classroom. Download our simple lesson plans below!
- Introduction and Goal Setting
- Building a College Readiness Team
- Choosing an Area of Study or Career Trajectory
- The College Search
- Choosing a College
- Study Skills: Grades, Admissions Exams & College Success
- College Applications and Admissions Essays
- Financing Your College Education
- Worksheet Pack for the College Readiness Course
What does it mean to lead? Can anyone become a leader? Our video-based Leadership Skills Course covers the essential skills students will need to succeed in any career, including a STEM field. Each lesson is accompanied by an activity designed to help the student identify areas for growth. Course participants analyze the skills and qualities needed to be a leader, identify personal strengths, learn ways to resolve conflicts, and more.
- STEM Role Models
- STEM Leader Interview
- Conflict Resolution
- Developing Resilience
Young people who are exposed to real scientists and engineers are more likely to envision themselves pursuing STEM careers. And one of the most effective ways to inspire students is by connecting them with a STEM professional, postdoctoral fellow, or graduate student who can provide encouragement and advice. Each year we accept applications from motivated students around the world, then pair them with a virtual STEM mentor who will meet with them twice a month through our curated online platform—all for free. To participate, students must be 13–18 years old, have access to the internet, and be comfortable reading and speaking in English. We will begin accepting 2018 applications in the summer. Sign up here to be notified when mentor/mentee recruiting begins.
Did a Mentor Make a Difference in Your Life?
The New York Academy of Sciences is proud to partner with United Technologies Corporation on STEM U, an all-virtual program to inspire and motivate next generation STEM talent through mentorship, skill development and networking.
We are seeking scientists, engineers, postdoctoral fellows, and STEM graduate students to act as mentors and expert advisers in the two aspects of the program.
Here’s how you can participate:
1. Act as an expert advisor in the STEM U Aerospace Challenge: This year, the United Technologies STEM U Challenge will be in the area of aerospace systems. (Expertise in aerospace and engineering is a plus but not required). Challenges are open to students ages 13-18 from around the world. Participating teams will develop solutions over a 60 day period, while STEM experts provide online feedback and coaching along the way. Apply now!
Please read our Frequently Asked Questions.
2. Mentor a high school student, one-to-one! We match talented students (ages 13-18) from around the world with mentors who can encourage and inspire them to pursue careers in STEM. You’ll meet with your mentee twice a month through our online platform, help them complete online learning modules, and answer their questions about what it’s like to work in a STEM field. To apply to be a mentor, click the button at the top right hand side of this page. For questions regarding STEM U Mentoring, please contact STEMUMentoring@nyas.org.
Qualified expert advisors and mentors are:
- Graduate students, postdocs, or professionals working in a STEM-related field
- Able to access at least one communication device with internet capabilities
- Passionate about engaging and inspiring the next generation of STEM innovators
- Able to communicate clearly in spoken and written English
- Experienced in conducting original scientific research (preferred but not required)
- Self-driven, proactive, inquisitive and stick with a regular engagement schedule
STEM U Challenge virtual mentor training takes place in October 2018 (exact dates TBD)
STEM U Challenge starts on October 20, 2018 and ends on December 19, 2018
STEM U Mentoring begins in October 2018
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