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What are some extracurriculars a highschool student can do to prep for a STEM career?

Are there any internships, volunteer oppurtunities or other extracurricular activities (both in-person and online) a highschool student can do in the UAE? Especially related to STEM?

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Jarred’s Answer

Hello Liz. There are several STEM extracurriculars that others have listed above, but as a technology professional I would encourage you to also learn to work on social skills and working with others. In the STEM field you will frequently works with teams of people and everyone will have their own ideas and plans about how to achieve goals. It will be valuable to you to look up a skill called conflict resolution. You may run into difficult team mates and having the ability to work with them and still achieve the team's goals is a skill you will leverage your entire career.
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Adrian’s Answer

Hello! I want to echo the previous responses, definitely joining STEM clubs in school (robotics clubs, mathletes, chess club, or anything lol that!) and doing volunteering , like tutoring students in math or science, volunteering at math and science outreach community events.
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Wayne’s Answer

Hi Liz. It's great to take part in extracurricular activities. They help you develop and they look great on a college application. Here are some ideas:

- Start a science club or a math club.
- Tutor low income students (with UPcheive) in STEM subjects.
- Volunteer at a hospital or any organization where you may learn real-life skills in STEM subjects.
- Take part in science competitions such as Sience Olympiad or Science Fair.
- Ask to shadow/intern with a lab at local college.
- Take part in STEM summer programs (aim for a competitive one; they’re usually free).

Good luck!

Thank you comment icon Thank you so much, Wayne! Liz
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Luc’s Answer

Hi Liz--I would encourage you to spend time building a broad scientific and engineering culture through a variety of publications (e.g. Scientific American, Wired Magazine, Nature, etc...) and books on the history of science (e.g. Cosmos). Science and technology had --and continue to have-- a dramatic impact on humanity. The best way to excel at STEM is to develop a passion for an area of science and technology that makes a meaningful difference for something you care about. Building your STEM culture will allow you to find that passion.

Good luck!
Thank you comment icon Great advice Luc! Genevieve
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Tanuj’s Answer

You can always participate in Science Quiz, Science Fairs and Math Olympiads. Also mastering some Microsoft Office tools like Word, Excel and PowerPoint will help you a lot in getting ready for a STEM career. You can always try out different things that interests you like Learning how to code, design apps or games, 3D Printing, writing research articles etc. The more things you try the better you will get clarity on what you like the most and which path you would like to follow through and build your career in.
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Lakshman "Laks"’s Answer

Participate in School Clubs focused on STEM.
Read and learn outside of what school curriculum prescribes using University Libraries or Consulate libraries if you are interested in studying/working in overseas.
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Brittnee’s Answer

Being active in STEM clubs are good. Holding a leadership role is great as well. Helping with tutoring in math and science always is a good idea. Participate in volunteer or community outreach activities can be helpful. Shadow a person in the career that you are looking to go into for a day.
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