• There are a great many opportunities to explore the scientific world throughout your years in high school, and this page is here to help you with that. On the left you'll see a drop down menu containing a list of various opportunities. A short synopsis is given below. 

     


    VASTS

    For: Juniors and Seniors

    Application Due: October

    Program Type: School-Year and Summer

    The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program is an interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience, highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

    Students selected to participate in the program are immersed in NASA-related research through interaction with scientists, engineers and technologists. The program is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, NASA Langley Research Center, The Commonwealth of Virginia and Industry.


    VESSS

    For: Juniors and Seniors

    Application Due: October

    Program Type: School-Year and Summer

    The Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) program is an interactive online science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience for Virginia high school juniors and seniors, which engages students in NASA’s latest challenge: satellite missions designed to improve understanding of our own planet’s complex systems through the power of remote sensing.

    Successful completion of the course is highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Using data from the latest cut-edge technology, students selected to participate in the program are immersed in NASA-related research and satellite mission design through interaction with NASA scientists, engineers, and technologists. Students can earn up to FIVE free transferable, dual-enrolled college credits through Thomas Nelson Community College.


    VSCS

    For: Sophomores

    Application Due: October

    Program Type: School-Year and Summer

    Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) is a program for High School Sophomores focusing on the science, engineering, and technology integral to current missions at NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.This dynamic (and FREE) program, designed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), inspires students who possess technical and/or scientific interests and are motivated to learn about the many different opportunities that NASA offers.

    The program features two key elements. The first is a dynamic on-line science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experience featuring five modules. Upon completion of the online program, top performing scholars may be invited to attend a seven-day residential Summer Academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA, where scholars will learn first hand from NASA professionals and their partners about the latest, cutting edge technologies and missions.The VSCS program is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, NASA Wallops Flight Facility, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.


    BLAST

    For: Freshman

    Application Due: February

    Program Type: Summer

    Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology offers an exciting way for rising 9th and 10th grade students to spend three days of summer! Participating students get to stay in a college dorm and see what campus life is like on-site at one of our three partner universities: Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, or the University of Virginia. Each day of BLAST is jam-packed with science, technology, engineering, and math-related (STEM) activities and demonstrations led by faculty of the university.

    Students come away from BLAST with a greater sense of curiosity, deeper insight about the variety of careers that exist in STEM, and enhanced readiness for advanced STEM programs. The BLAST program is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Old Dominion University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.


    SEES

    For: Sophomores and Juniors

    Application Due: February

    Program Type: Summer

    NASA, Texas Space Grant Consortium, and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research Summer Intern Program is a nationally competitive STEM program for high school students. The program provides selected students with exposure to Earth and space research. Interns will learn how to interpret NASA satellite data while working with scientists and engineers in their chosen area of work. 

    We are offering summer internships to motivated high school students who have an interest in pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics careers. The interns will work beside NASA subject matter experts analyzing and visualizing data. This content knowledge, coupled with hands-on experiences, allows the intern to gain experience in authentic NASA research through field investigation and data analysis. 


    Janelia

    For: Juniors and Seniors

    Application Due: Not happening in 2021

    Program Type: Summer

    The Janelia-Loudoun County Resident Summer Internship Program will offer high school students that attend the Loudoun County Public Schools or are residents of Loudoun County, and who are 16 years or older at the time of the internship, the opportunity to spend 8 weeks at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus, performing research using state-of-the-art technology and methods to answer questions in biology and computational science under the guidance of group leaders, scientists, and engineers. Selected students will have the opportunity to attend seminars by Janelia researchers, as well as to participate in journal clubs and other events.


    ASSIP

    For: Juniors and Seniors (Freshmen and Sophomores may apply for Short Courses)

    Application Due: January

    Program Type: Summer

    Students work one-on-one with faculty researchers at George Mason University and collaborating institutions using state-of-the-art technology to solve hypothesis driven questions in Biochemistry, Biodefense, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Earth Science, Climate and Ocean Sciences, Environmental Science, Genomics, GeoInformation Science (GIS), Mathematical Modeling, Medicine, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience, Serious Game Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Data Sciences, Astronomy, Physics, and Proteomics. ASSIP interns must be 16 years old or older as of June 21st, 2021.

    Students who will not be 16 are invited to apply to ASSIP research-related summer short courses. 


    Girls in Technology

    For: Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior girls

    Application Due: Ongoing

    Program Type: Various

    Girls in Technology (GIT) is led by an all-volunteer committee of Women in Technology (WIT) members who are dedicated to initiating programs designed to excite, inspire, create awareness and educate girls in grades 6 through 12 about the vast array of career opportunities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). GIT programs reach over 500 girls in the DC metropolitan area. Our programs help girls identify pathways to careers in STEM through engagement with professional women in STEM-related fields and STEM experiences provided by companies in the District, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

    Girls in Technology Mentor Protégé Program
    Girls in grades 9 –12 are selected from applicants around the metropolitan D.C. area to attend monthly sessions designed to support networking, personal and career development and one-on-one mentoring with female professionals.

    Girls in Technology Sharing Our Success (SOS) Program
    One-day evening workshops (for girls in grades 6 –12) includes networking games, hands-on demonstrations, door prizes and women speakers who discuss experiences of combining their love of STEM with passions such as art, geography, science, education, and security.

    Girls in Technology Cyber Patriot Teams
     In partnership with the University of Maryland, GIT sponsors CyberPatriot Girls, a program to support middle and high school girls’ involvement in the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot program (www.uscyberpatriot.org). CyberPatriot is the premiere national high school cyber defense competition and was created to inspire high school students toward careers in STEM disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

    Girls in Technology Scholarship Program
    Thanks to the generous funding received from STEM for Her (SFH), GIT’s Scholarship Program provides STEM education scholarships to metropolitan D.C. area girls in grades 9 to 12 who participated in GIT’s programs during the current school year. STEM Education Camp Scholarships and Higher Education Scholarships help enrich students’ lives and encourage STEM careers by reducing the financial barriers to participate in STEM-related extracurricular activities or higher education for careers in STEM fields.


    CyberStart America & the National Cyber Scholarship Competition

    For: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

    Application Due: March, but if done by January 31 there is an exclusive training session opportunity 

    Program Type: School-Year

    CyberStart America is a free national program for high school students to master cybersecurity as a gateway to the industry, up their digital skills, and compete for college scholarships! Discover how exciting and meaningful work in cybersecurity and computer science can be with our addictive and fun game. Have a go at real-world cyber attacks, learning how cybersecurity experts play a vital role in protecting our hospitals, banks, army, and police services! Do you like gaming or puzzles? Do you excel at games like Fortnite, or enjoy RPGs like Among Us or D&D? Do you crave creativity through games like Minecraft, or love the idea of coding your own Roblox games in a programming language? CyberStart America could be just the at-home problem-solving challenge you’re seeking.

    If you’ve never thought of yourself as a pro gamer, but you enjoy games like chess, Tetris or Mahjong, love puzzle games like sudoku or crosswords, or even have a secret talent for solving a Rubix cube, then give this free educational game a try. Your brain probably works in just the right way to learn ethical hacking, excel at Python programming and pick up the basics of cybersecurity with no coding lessons needed! No textbooks in sight, just a fun, free, online learning game. It’s a mind sport, a spy game, an escape room, a series of online puzzles and a coding challenge, all rolled into one. Find game hacks, become a cyber detective and quickly develop basic knowledge of cybersecurity.