THINK BIG!

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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 is teaming up with the New York Academy of Sciences on Think Big, an exciting new program to transform the lives of high school students, teachers, and STEM professionals around the world. The Think Big program is built on three core components…

Mentorship from real scientists and engineers

Our STEM Scholars virtual mentoring program seeks to inspire 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

In order to convey the excitement and impact of STEM studies, teachers need robust, engaging, and “hands-on” curricula to enhance existing classroom materials and help students get ready for college. STEM U, our online resource for teachers and students, provides 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 develop and propose solutions to real-world challenges in the areas of aviation, sustainable buildings, or food loss and waste.  

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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? The Think Big program may be perfect for you!

WHAT IS THINK BIG?

United Technologies Corporation and the New York Academy of Sciences have partnered to create an all-virtual program to inspire and motivate the next generation of STEM talent through mentorship, skill development, and networking. “All virtual” means you can participate from anywhere, and even better, you’ll get to connect with a community of students from around world who share your passion for STEM!

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?

Think Big is open to students aged 13-18 around the world. To participate, you must have access to the internet, and be comfortable reading and speaking in English. There are three different ways to get involved—you can select just one or two, or try all three!

Apply to get a Mentor: We are currently recruiting students ages 13-18 for our STEM Scholars program. We’ll match you with a STEM mentor who’ll meet with you twice a month through our online platform—all for free. You can ask your mentor questions about what it’s like to work in a science career, get advice on what colleges to consider, and much more. Apply by June 30th.

Download our free science “kits”: We’ve created an online resource called STEM U, where you can download interactive STEM content for yourself and/or your afterschool club. Even your friends who think they don’t like science will start to think it’s fun, once they try out some of these activities! The kits will be available starting in July. To be notified when they launch, email us at gsa@nyas.org.

Compete in an innovation challenge: You can work on your own, or join a team with other students, teachers and clubs from around the world to come up with solutions to real-world problems. Our first challenge will be in the area of green buildings, and we will begin accepting challenge applicants in mid to late summer. To be notified when the application window opens, email us at gsa@nyas.org.

OKAY, I’M INTERESTED. WHAT DO I DO NOW?

Apply by June 30th to be matched with a mentor through our STEM Scholars program. For more information on STEM U and Innovation Challenges, email us at gsa@nyas.org.

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Did a mentor make a difference in your life?

The New York Academy of Sciences is proud to partner with United Technologies Corporation on Think Big, 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, expert advisers, and advocates for the program. If you believe it is critically important to identify and encourage STEM talent wherever it exists, please join us today. Here’s how you can participate:

Mentor a high school student: Our STEM Scholars program matches 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. Apply by June 30th

Act as an expert advisor: Starting in October, students from around the world will work together in teams to design solutions to a real-world problem in the area of green buildings. We are looking for STEM professionals who are willing to give these students feedback and coaching over a 60-day period, providing expertise and guidance as they design their solutions. We’ll have more specifics about this Innovation Challenge in July. To be notified when the application window opens, email us at gsa@nyas.org.

Download and share our science “kits.”:  We’ve created a free online resource called STEM U, where students, teachers, and STEM enthusiasts can download interactive content designed to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and math. We’ll be launching the kits later this summer. To be notified when they launch, email us at gsa@nyas.org.

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Bringing STEM topics to life in the classroom

As an educator, we know you’re constantly seeking ways to convey the relevance and excitement of STEM topics to your students. Now the New York Academy of Sciences is partnering with United Technologies Corporation to help teachers like you inspire and motivate the next generation of STEM talent. Through our Think Big program, you can:

Download free science “kits”. We’ve created an online resource called STEM U, where you can download interactive STEM content to use in the classroom, including step-by-step instructions on how to run an innovation challenge, using tried and true methodology from the New York Academy of Sciences. Even teens who think they don’t like science will get engaged, once they try out some of these activities! The kits will be available starting in July. To be notified when they launch, email us at gsa@nyas.org.

Help your students find mentors. We are currently recruiting students 13-18 from all over the world for our STEM Scholars program. To apply, all they need is a reliable internet connection and an interest in STEM! Each student will be matched with a mentor in a STEM field, whom they’ll meet with twice a month via our online platform (all free of charge). Students can ask their mentors questions about what it’s like to work in a science career, get advice on what colleges to consider, and develop their problem-solving and communication skills. Please encourage your students to apply by June 30th.

Encourage your students to compete in an innovation challenge. 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 develop and propose solutions to real-world challenges in the areas of aviation, sustainable buildings, and food loss and waste. STEM professionals will provide feedback along the way to help students refine their ideas. Your students can participate as individuals, form a team, or join a team with others from around the world, to come up with their solutions. Our first challenge will launch in October 2017, and will focus on the area of green buildings. We will begin accepting challenge applicants in mid to late summer. To be notified when the application window opens, email us at gsa@nyas.org.