How cak highschool students gain hands on knowledge in the STEM field?
I am currently a junior and I plan on becoming an engineer. I am very interested in becoming a biomedical engineer but, I also want to learn about other fields. I'm sesrching for ways to do so my senior year so I have some background knowledge before college. #engineer #biomedical-engineering
I am not sure how much you can contribute as an Intern as a Junior. I would suggest you to meet any college students and try to be part of their college projects whenever you find time to get some hands-on experience. You can also form a small group with your friends where you can do some hobby projects in robotics, bio-medical instrumentation etc. Today, you find many websites online with examples of hobby electronics projects etc. which you can do it by yourself by buying the required items online. This gives you a good enough experience before college.
That's wonderful that you are interested in engineering & STEM! If you are planning on looking at different types of engineering, I would suggest researching the different projects that each department is currently working on at local colleges and universities to see if any of them interest you. The websites listed below also include the faculty/staff emails for the different departments which could be a great resource if you want to learn more about their programs including the types of classes that each major would need to take. There are a lot of great STEM and engineering organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) that are available during your collegiate career that you can get involved in now in high school before going to college in the fall, check out the resources and activities to see what sparks your interest!
There are also summer internships at companies like 3M that can be a great way to get your foot in the door to a future company in your career and to learn about how you like to work in a professional setting. It can help you figure out what kind of work you enjoy; research & development (R&D), quality assurance, supply chain, or other parts of the engineering discipline at a company. Your high school teachers may have connections to local universities and are a great first step in researching more about engineering!
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If you haven't learned any programming yet, maybe spend some time there. There are tons of interactive language tutorials available for free online. This is something you will more than likely have to take for any engineering degree depending on the college. The programming language they teach may be different, but the concept and ideas are very similar. What better way to get exposed to programming than on your own pace and for free.
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Another tip: If you want to learn more about other engineering fields, look up job descriptions and postings of those engineering jobs and see if they interest you. I'll help narrow down the list and it will give you an idea of what kind of engineering you like! Start by searching "entry level ___ engineer" into a search bar.