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Activities for STEM students

As someone who is interested in STEM (specifically astronomy/ astrophysics), what kind of activities that I can do to gain experience to pursue this in college ? Due to COVID-19 I don’t have the opportunity to do research at the colleges nearby my area, so it would be great if I have other ways to gain an experience ! Thank you if you are willing to help me out on this.

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2 months ago

I think the simplest idea, but one that is very impactful, is starting some sort of blog. If you are that passionate about astronomy/astrophysics, read a bunch of articles and research papers on these topics, annotate them and understand each concept in-depth, and start talking about the new breakthroughs and cool aspects of whatever topic in your blog. Not only will this show that you've taken initiative, but colleges will see how interested you are in this subject matter (try to post a new article every other week). I know that research is something that high-achieving high school students want to experience, but starting a blog or some idea similar to this will show how you have taken initiative. Even if it's for some other topic, it is just as impactful. For example, I'm in the process of creating jump rope blog (even though I want to major in BME), so even a non-STEM idea can make the same impact (as long as one is extremely passionate about it)!

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🎤2 months ago

Thank you so much ! I find this extremely helpful and it’s such a good way to understand complex ideas in astronomy.

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2 months ago

I wonder that too. Even without Covid most summer college activities are too expensive and require some special demographic.

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🎤2 months ago

Yup ! Same here

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2 months ago

The best suggestion I can give you is to join and/or start a club at your school that aligns with your interests. If it is challenging for you to find opportunities to participate in STEM activities, start them yourself.

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🎤2 months ago

That’s a great suggestion ! I’ll probably think of starting a club or something similar soon (since i’m still a freshmen), but I currently in my school’s research club. Thanks a lot !

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2 months ago

I helped start a National Science Bowl club at my school! The competition already happened this year, but it's really fun and pretty easy to transfer to an online format. Each state does its own competition and then there's a national one if you win your state one. https://science.osti.gov/wdts/nsb

I feel like this is a pretty underrated extracurricular and I had a lot of fun doing it. I hope you consider it and do it!

I don't know much about this and I don't know how COVID-friendly it is, but the American Rocketry challenge could fit what you want to do. This is more engineering, but here it is if you're interested: https://rocketcontest.org/

Also remember that some places have online research opportunities. I was able to do a free summer program with RIT last summer and it was completely remote, so that was really nice (I got it through the Army Educational Outreach Program aka the AEOP, highly recommend you check them out). Check your local colleges or even ones further away and see if any professors have any labs that you can help out with remotely! Good luck with everything. :)

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🎤2 months ago

Thank you !

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