We have done a lot of these. This is a list of all our STEM investigations so far.
We have done a lot of these. This is a list of all our STEM investigations so far.
Stem Career Projects.
S.T.E.M, it means, science, Technology, engineering, and math. Ever wonder what it would be like to have a STEM job? Some are very hard like an aerospace engineer. Some are a lot easier like an automotive designer. This paper tells you about how to get there, the bumps along the way, and other things such as salary. Here isthe STEM Job that I chose.
If I had to have a STEM job, my choice would be a 3d animator. I chose this job because I love drawing crazy stuff and animated characters. I could only imagine the joy of my work being put into TV shows, even video games. I think that I could get by with the requirements. The requirements are, to have good grades, you have to go to a college and major in computer animation or something similar, make an internship portfolio, then become an animator.
When becoming an animator you need to have a passion for art and designing. You also need to be proficient in animation technology. You need to know how to use the following programs to be a good 3d animator; 3D Studio Max, Maya, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver. Also, you need to know how to use digital cameras, digital paper, digital pens, and compression encoding processes for video.
When you start 3d animating you need to have some different degrees. These are, a degree in computer animation, a degree in visual effects, or a degree in 3d animation. Then you will definitely be set. The payment for being a 3d animator is around 70,000 dollars or around 100,000 dollars per year. You will be living comfortably, and you will definitely not be living on the streets.
In 3d animation you need to know how the muscles and the body works. Many people walking around the street would not take a second look at the way someone bends down. A 3d animator on the other hand would pay attention, and looks to see how the body works, also what is happening when they bend down.
Animation isn’t a piece of cake but I think with the help of friends family and encouragement, also of course this paper, you will see that it will be like any other job. You need practice, and you need to know what you are doing. Most importantly you need to work hard and love it, Because You only get the job done when you love it. Becoming a 3d animator is not easy but with these tips I think you just might get by.
- Jackson D.
By: Ailish M.
Do you like helping people and making them feel better? Are you interested in the human mind? Well then a psychologist is the job for you. I chose to research on a psychologist because I like to help people. Read on to find out more about a psychologist.
The Two Kinds of Psychologists
There are two different psychologist. The first one is a school psychologist and the second one is a clinical or counseling psychologist. The difference between the two is that a school psychologist can educationaly diagnose and a clinical or counseling can medically diagnose.
To become a psychologist there are a lot of steps to take. First you need to go to a 4 year college and get a major in psychology and complete internships. Then you need a Phd in psychology. School psychologist need an advanced degree in education specialist. Clinical and counseling psychologist need , doctor psychology,and an internship. All need to pass a national test. The annual pay is about $73,310. I interviewed Miss. Z who is a school psychologist at my school. One of the questions I asked was; ”What was the hardest part of college?” She said balancing school work, internships, 4 jobs, and a personal life.
More of Miss. Z’s interview
I also asked Miss. Z what was the most stressful part of her job. She said the first thing is time management like seeing kids, giving assessments, and deadlines. The second thing is crisis’. Getting to the spot and solving the problem. But Miss. Z said that the best part of her job is seeing the positive impact that she makes on kids lives. My last question I asked her was if it was hard to leave a school after a while. Miss. Z said it is hard to leave after a year. So when you are a school psychologist you make a lot of bonds with your students.
Now you know all about the education, the two kinds of psychologists, and you got to look into the life of a psychologist. I hope you have enjoyed learning about my STEM career!
Being An Ecologist
By Charlie Lechowicz
Have you ever wondered,what you would want be when you grow up? Do you like nature? Are you interested in working in the wilderness and helping the earth? Than being an ecologist is the type of job for you!
What do ecologists do? Professional will study and protect the environment and its inhabitants. Ecologists are able to advise policy makers if they are in program management position. Their main job is to solve environmental problems, and manage natural resources. They could teach fellow community members or fellow ecologists. Other jobs that they do is help keep endangered animals out of extinction, and research how climate changes and loss of natural habitats will affect animals and how people can prevent this from happening. There are many different jobs that ecologist can do to help humans and the environment.
What are the ways that you can prepare for a job in ecology? To prepare you should take hikes and study algebra and calculus as early as possible. Visit and volunteer at museums and help conduct experiments on scientific projects. You must be ready to study math and be patient. According to http://ionfuture.org/ you could take part in a beach or river clean up, and a game you should play is Eco-Creatures: Save The Forest. A movie to watch is Planet Earth. Books to read are Hoot by Carl Hiassen and A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, by Bill Bryson.
There are many things you should do to become an ecologist. You need to get good grades in science and in math. According to http://ionfuture.org/ the next step is to go to a four year college and get a major in ecology, environmental studies, biology, or another related field, and then to complete your internships. Next you get a Masters degree in ecology, environmental studies, or biology. Finally after that you become an ecologist.
The final question is, how much does an ecologist make? According to http://work.chron.com/ecologist-salary-2300.html the average salary of an ecologist; in Alaska is $86,810, in Washington D.C is $83,270, and in Florida is $78,970, in Alabama is $73,190, and in California the salary is $73,190. The state that employs the most ecologists is California, and after that follows Texas, then Colorado, Pennsylvania, and finally Washington.
There are many things to get your mind thinking like an ecologist. You also should study science and math. So if you love nature and outdoors and you want our environment to stay like it is or get better, then you should become an ecologist.
Our Invest write projects, We learned about investing and then joined a competition to show how we would invest to grow a non profit organization's money.
Video Game Designer
By Ben C.
Are you a computer whiz? Do you say “I think I might be able to make an amazing video game someday if I knew how?” Do you look at that new game and think “Aw man, if I knew how to, I would change this!” If so, this might be the job for you.
What does a video game designer do?
One thing about a video game designer is that it’s usually a fun job. A video game designer’s job is to make addictive and fun content for others to enjoy! You can even test your own games , revise, and make it better. Then you get to test it again! You can keep doing that until it is perfect. There are so many ways to make someone happy, and if you like computers and are creative, this might be the one for you! They even pair up with other companies to make awesome games! Typically you should be good at math, science, and have a knack for computers. You need to code, use game engines, and be able to work in teams.
A high school diploma is the minimum degree required, but most companies are looking for more, and a bachelor’s degree is what you should aim for. More specifically, a Bachelor’s degree of science, and a bachelor’s degree in arts. You should major in computer science. Typically Bachelor’s degrees require 4 years of study. As far as colleges go, most people attend private or state level colleges to get to this career. A very helpful thing to do is take classes on Udemy for coding.
In terms of salary, the average salary of a starter video game designer in Connecticut is $25.04 per hour. For junior video game designers, it is $34.21 per hour, for experienced it’s $45.32 per hour, for senior it’s $57.32 and for the top-end earners they get $69.42 per hour.
Video Game Designer Qualities
A video game designer should be relatively good at drawing, at least be at the “scripting” level for coding, and should work well in teams. You should also be creative. You must be a hard-worker, be patient, and also have fun!
Helpful Learning Sites
Sites that can help you learn are always good and Udemy is one that is quite helpful for beginners. Another helpful thing is a game engine. Video game engines make it much easier to code.
So if you like the idea of it and want to be one, don’t hesitate to be a videogame designer. The possibilities are endless and you can make the game YOU think is the perfect game. Don’t forget, this is the job of the people that make The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario.
If you were to pick a STEM job what job would you pick? I would pick an architect. I would pick an architect because I like to design and build things. Read more to find out about the life of an architect.
School is hard, but school for an architect is even harder. There is a few things to do in order to become an architect. In high school studying is key to becoming an architect. You have to do so many subjects. The subjects are physics, chemistry, geometry, algebra, pre-calculus, calculus, and English. if available, art and applied technology would be helpful too. You also need to be creative and work well with people and spatial concepts. In order to become an architect you have to get a bachelor's degree. That's FOUR years of college.
What they do
What do you think an architect would do in a professional field? I know exactly what they do. Architects use the engineering design process. They have to think of a new innovative or old design. Then they have to design it. The architects team helps with building the structure. After it is built, he or she adds the finishing touches to it. WARNING it does always go as planned. So sometimes the architect either has to improvise or change their design. This is the design process and what they do.
There are over 112,600 jobs available in the field of architecture! We usually get jobs for a reason. The annual pay for a person with this job is $76,000 and up per year. Per hour they usually make about 38.13 dollars per hour. Fun fact, most of the houses are started from simple patterns or diagrams.
Now you've read about what they do. They're education and any other information you need to know to be an Architect. This is what I would be. What would you be?
- Layla P.
Because of the people that think video games turn your brains to mush, most people don’t know that you can actually have a job involved in video games….. And they involve real smarts!
What video game designers do, is that they design,develop, and publish video games, starting with sketching out the game that you have in your head. You then quickly put it into the computer. This stage should look pretty messy. That stage is called blockout stage. Every time you make an update to the game you MUST play it back and see if you need more or less of the game. You then have other people try to play the game, and see how they like it. Finally, you clean up the art design on the game and publish the game.
Now for the smarts behind the game. The builder/designer must have some sort of computer-related skills, or else your games might not look like games at all. Real video game designers suggest getting a bachelors and masters in computer science.Some classes you should take are art so that your game looks very clean, and likable. It could be a very good game, but very poor art. Next class would be some sort of coding class. You have to know the programming behind the game to create it! Another class to take would be phycology. This would help with thinking how other people would like your game, or what they would want.
Skills are a key to every job, as skills is required to be involved with jobs. Some skills that video game designers need are teamwork, some sort of interest in video games, and attention to detail.
Last, but not least you have how much they would earn per year. The annual salary for a videogame designer is 72,000 usd.
You have learned about a video game designers salary, what they need to become a video game designer, what skills they need, and how they make the game, after all, it is your decision, so, what will you be?
Some people put there life and energy into helping kids or making movies. Well I want to do something where I can figure out puzzles and seek out answers form where no mankind has ever been! I want to become an astrobiologist.
Astrobiologists try to find out about life outside of earth’s atmosphere, and what kind of environment is necessary for life to survive on other planets. Secondly, they try to figure out what life might look like on another world and if there is or has been life somewhere else in our solar system. This sounds like a fun thing to do to me because I have always been curious about outer space. I want to get to learn and make theories about outer space.
The education needed to become an astrobiologist is not much at all. The only degree that is needed to become an astrobiologist is a bachelor's degree in astrobiology. There are many degrees that are not needed to become an astrobiologist but they are definitely beneficial. Those include degrees in astronomy, geology, chemistry, or related fields. Before becoming a biologist who studies outer space you will probably have to learn about earth biology first. Then you can learn how to convert what you learned about earth to use those skills for outer space. The annual pay for an astrobiologist is 114,870. Voila! You are an astrobiologist!
Now you know astrobiologists study different life forms on other planets. You also know that you only need a bachelor's degree in astrobiology to become an astrobiologist.
My Journey With Investing.
Ever look around when you are in the car or on the bus to school ? What do you see? Any buildings with the name of The Red Cross, YMCA, World Wildlife Fund? These all have something in common, they are Non profits. What is a Non-Profit Organization? A non profit organization is a company that uses its revenue to complete its mission and not work for money.
I volunteered for a organization that saves people’s lives and help people everyday. They help billions of people on a daily basis. This is why I volunteered for The American Red Cross. I was put in charge of finances. I chose this company because it means something to me. This organization is important to me because they help millions of people every day. The Red cross helps with horrible situations like the hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico and Houston and Florida. This organization helped in every single one of those situations. they have helped so many people and I could not be more amazed by the good heart that these people have.
What does the Red cross do? “The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world.”
This is the Red cross's mission statement. “The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.”
I would invest in a variety of investment options to raise more money so that this organization can do more good. To decrease risk and diversify our investments I would invest 10 percent of the money in the stocks. Stocks are a part of a company that you can buy. When you buy a stock you become what is called a shareholder. In the stock market I would invest in big time companies that are really being hyped up and that have been doing well for a long time. Some of these for me would be, Facebook, Amazon, Ebay , and Google. To lower the chances of risk, I would invest 30 percent in bonds. Bonds are when you pay the government and they promise to give back the money over a long time span. By doing this I will have insured that some of the company’s money will be safe for a long time. I will invest 10 of the 30 percent in bonds to U.S treasury bonds, these are the safest bonds that you can invest your money in. For even more money I would invest the last 20 of the 30 percent for bonds in Agency bonds. These bonds are also very safe so the money would grow a small amount but it would still insure more money. For the last 60 percent I would invest it in mutual funds. Mutual funds are where an expert picks out a group of stocks and manages them for you. This can be a great way to invest when you start out. This is the best way in my opinion to make lots of money and not even have to manage everything.
You can get amazing ones that will make you a fortune and they can be very low priced. I would invest in the Vanguard 500 index investor mutual fund. This has been rated by Morningstar and it has a four star rating which is very good compared to other mutual funds. Another great thing about this mutual fund is that when Morningstar rated it it told about the price and that rating says that the price is very low. There are some mutual funds that cost low amounts of money but have a bad ratings like this 3 star rated mutual fund. It is the Vanguard diversified equity inc Mutual fund. People who invested in this mutual fund for a very long time came out with around 20,000 U.S dollars. That is crazy to think about. I definitely think that mutual funds are the best way to go when you are investing. This also shows that if you invest in the Vanguard 500 investing mutual fund you can make a lot more money than you would with the other mutual fund.
In conclusion this is why I chose the Red Cross. This was how I managed their money to have them achieve their mission. I invested in many mutual funds, U.S treasury bonds, Agency bonds and Stocks. I have also split the money into a diversified portfolio of these options and investments. I can see how much I have learned about investing and so much more researching for this paper. When I get home I am definitely going to start investing.
This was an essay that a student brought to the state finals and won first place.
Puerto Rico! I love coming here and it’s so beautiful, except there is a dog over there without her little puppys, and she’s starving. I was just trying to go on a nice vacation, but instead I’m going on a full round guilt trip for all of these wandering dogs. So I was thinking what operation could help? Then it came to me. I could create a non-profit!
Hi, I am the fiduciary of a non-profit organization. This organization helps to take care of dogs who are being abused, who are homeless, and who are not healthy. Our mission is to make sure every dog is out of harm’s way and safe.
My non-profit organization’s mission is to save homeless and abused dogs and to give them new homes, better owners, and make sure they are healthy. What they do is they will help save dogs by developing an app/website so that if a police officer (or anybody else who does notice) sees a homeless or abused dog, they would type where, when, and what they saw into the app/website and alert our team to go and find the endangered dog. To help them stay healthy we will be monitoring their behavior to see into things that could lead to bigger trouble, and if they do have a medical condition, we will hand the dogs over to the vet to heal them. Once the dog is healed, the vet will give us the dog back and we will find some adoptive parents for the dog.
This non-profit organization is important to me because my family has had two rescue dogs. It is also very important to me because I love to travel but I hate to have to see starving, homeless and abused dogs just out on the streets or on beaches. This is why my non-profit organization will help dogs in danger.
My non-profit will get donations from individuals and corporations. With the money we receive, we will fund the operations of our non-profit organization. After operating expenses, vet expenses, collars, food, leashes, etc.) we will invest in index funds and bonds.
Index funds are low risk because you can mix things up, in other words diversify, your stocks (Stocks being a part of a company that you buy and if they do well you profit, and if they do poor, you will experience losses). So then I would have multiple pieces of different companies . In my opinion, index funds are a good way to grow money, and they are not too risky because you have multiple stocks. I would invest in the Vanguard 500 index fund. I would invest in this index fund because I researched and found that Morningstar rated Vanguard 500 index fund plan a four star out of five stars investment. Also, Vanguard’s 500 mutual fund plan is almost following the S&P 500, which is currently doing great. In addition to all of Vanguard's pros, I will include that their expenses are very low, which is very helpful when investing. This is why I would invest my money (to grow) into the Vanguard's 500 mutual fund plan.
I would also invest in a U.S. treasury bonds for a very safe investment. U.S. treasury bonds are when you give the government some money, and then on the maturity date, they give you back the money you gave them plus interest. Interest is when money is paid regularly (or added to) the amount of money borrowed or lended. U.S. treasury bonds also very low risk, so my non-profit will not experience as many losses as if I went with a risky investment.
I will invest in Vanguard’s 500 index fund, and I will also invest into U.S. treasury bonds for my non-profit organization. Despite not investing in any individual stocks, I believe that Vanguard’s 500 index fund and U.S. treasury bonds will get my non-profit organization financial successes and not as many losses. With proven results, my financial decisions are trusted and favorable by websites, and other people around me. With this plan, the dogs will be taken care of and me and my non-profit organization will grow financially.
Imagine you are taking a stroll down a street, any street, you see Goodwill, YMCA, The North End Action Team. These are all nonprofit organizations like the one I volunteer for.
Non-profits help the community in many ways. A non-profit is a organization where the money that is made or raised does not go to owners or shareholders, but rather to the cause that the organization is supporting. My company is a non-profit and it helps the community by trying to end local hunger. American Red Cross, Goodwill, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, The salvation army, American Cancer Society, and Feeding America are all popular non-profit organizations. Our mission is to end local hunger with the help of local restaurants and other food suppliers. We will do this by collecting leftovers from restaurants, grocers and any food supplier. This is important because I believe that everyone should have the chance to eat three meals a day.
Since it is risky to rely on donations to keep our company running, I choose to invest and diversify my money between stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and savings. I chose to do so because this way it will lower the risk. If I spread out the investments between different things, if one stock goes down it won't make a big impact so there is less risk. If the risk is too high, our investments could drop suddenly. If it is to low the investments will grow slowly. Investing in stocks, bonds and mutual funds help grow your money. Bonds are good to invest in because they involve little risk and government bonds have even less risk. You know exactly how much money you will get and exactly when. You give money to the government and you get interest in return. On the other hand, stocks are way more risky. How it works is you buy shares, a unit of ownership in a company, and if the company is successful you gain money, but if not you lose money. Mutual funds are when you give your money to a professional and he forms a bundle with other people's money and bonds in that bundle.
Money must be spent wisely or before you know it, you won’t have any. With our money I will buy delivery vans, pay salaries to the workers and buy a distribution center where we divide all the food we collect into individual bags, which we also need to buy. We also need money for gas and uniforms. To spread the word I will buy billboards, television advertisements, and a website. We need insurance for all the van drivers as well. I also must pay to print business cards to pass out to people that have not heard of our organization.
I manage money for a non-profit organization that strives to end hunger. Why? Because I believe that together with the help of all the citizens we can drive away local hunger forever. Using my sturdy foolproof plan that involves diversifying our money and spending money very wisely, no one will be hungry.