Our STEM Future Leaders program aims to increase STEM literacy and use of STEM practices, provide leadership and collaboration opportunities for our youth, develop youth interest in STEM careers and break-down stereotypes related to STEM.

For more information contact Stacie Hernandez at s.hernandez@thestemconnection.org

STEM MIT, Mentor, and Intern Descriptions and Expectations

Mentors in Training (MITs) – Student in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade who have been active participants in a variety of The STEM Connection programs in previous years.  Students in 7th or 8th grade who have not participated in previous programs or who participated in previous programs on a limited basis.  MITs must be recommended by a STEM Connection staff member or teacher/school staff member and invited to join the MIT Program, and exhibit good leadership potential, helpfulness, and a positive attitude toward STEM.  MITs register for The STEM Connection programs via online registration and for half the standard price for the program. Students remain in the MIT program for 1-2 years, depending on age and participation.  

STEM Mentors – Students in 7th or 8th grade who have completed the Mentors in Training Program.  Mentors are invited to volunteer at The STEM Connection programs, i.e. Family STEM Night, STEM @ Night, summer camps, etc., and do not have to pay for the programs at which they volunteer.  

STEM Interns- Students who have completed their freshman year of high school or are in college who get paid to work for The STEM Connection and at The STEM Connection programs.  Students apply for internship positions as they are available.  

Expectations:

  • Set a good example and be a positive role model for younger participants with whom you work and interact.  
  • Maintain a positive attitude about STEM, the participants with whom you work, and the activities with which you are assisting.
  • Actively participate in training experiences, i.e. leadership, DoS, working with others, first aid, etc., facilitated by STEM Connection staff members.  
  • Attend STEM Challenge Club (if applicable) as needed to help oversee engagement activities, set up supplies, make models, answer questions, ask questions, take pictures, monitor restroom and drink breaks, and complete other tasks given by STEM program facilitators.
  • Attend other STEM Programs and Events (Family STEM Night, STEM@Night, summer camps, etc.) as needed to help oversee engagement activities, set up supplies, make models, answer questions, ask questions, take pictures, put out refreshments, monitor restroom and drink breaks, and complete other tasks given by STEM program facilitators.