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STEM Careers: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
About STEM
Why STEM?
What Next?
For Girls
Pittsburgh STEM

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has created an extensive collection of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subject and career educational resources that are available throughout the library system. These items are intended to inspire and engage students in middle and high school in these subjects with the intent of promoting future careers in these fields. The collections represent a wide variety of interests and include print and DVD materials.

This site is intended to provide information for general information, homework support, assistance with science fair projects, and to locate career and job-related resources.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's STEM initiative is made possible through a seed grant from J.B. Finley Charitable Trust and Elizabeth Shiras Charitable Trust through the PNC Charitable Trust Grant Review Committee and through the support of Alcoa Foundation and Anne L. and George H. Clapp Charitable and Educational Trust.

The U.S. currently faces a shortage of skilled workers in the science, engineering and technology sectors. In Pittsburgh, as in other regions in the country, the scientific and technological building blocks critical to our economic leadership are eroding. There is a great need in our workforce for people with strong STEM skills. By building a strong background in these areas, teens can stand out amongst their peers.

  • Arizona State University - Virtual Counselilng Center (STEM career depot)
    This page has a good chart of resources, both for pursuing STEM careers, and for general STEM homework help. They are broken down by age group, gender focus, and STEM subject
  • The Fun Works
    This website explores a variety of STEM careers, not just the ones you know about but also things "you never knew existed." There is also a quiz that will help you determine which careers you might enjoy.
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute - Becoming a Scientist
    This is a good website for people interested in Biomedical Research. Important scientists in the field offer their advice on what it takes to be one of them.
  • ISeek Careers: Minnesota's career, education, and job resource
    Even though this website is intended for residents of Minnesota, it gives you an idea of the required qualifications and expected wages for several STEM careers. It also has good advice about what classes to take to prepare for your career, and a few suggestions on how to round out your experience through extracurricular activities and hobbies.
  • O-Net's list of "Bright Careers"
    These careers are expected to grow faster than usual, meaning there should be a demand for qualified applicants in the near future. Click any job title to find out what the work is like, what skills you need to be qualified, and how much you can expect to get paid.
  • Science360.gov: Profiles of Scientists and Engineers
    Learn what STEM careers are like in these video interviews of actual scientists and engineers.
  • WPSU / Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
    WPSU is a PBS station run by Penn State University. Their STEM careers website explores various fields through general information, video clips, and fun activities.
  • BrainCake from the Carnegie Science Center
    BrainCake.org is an online sisterhood of girls ages 11 - 17 featuring programs, scholarships, virtual mentoring, girl blogs and much more. Check out the "happenings" section for Pittsburgh area events, share your ideas on gender equity in "We Hear That", learn about awesome women in STEM in "She's Livin' It" and check out the way you can get involved as a BrainCake girl!
  • Girlstart
    Girlstart is an organization that specializes in getting girls interested in Math and Science careers. They are based in Texas, so their after school programs and summer camps will be located there. However, the website has a few neat science experiments anyone can try, and they have some good career advice on topics ranging from "athletic trainer" to "meteorologist."
  • Engineer Girl
    This website explains to middle school girls why being an engineer is a cooler job than you'd think. There are also interviews with women engineers, descriptions of specific engineering specialties, and the story behind major engineering achievements.
  • Engineer Your Life
    This website builds on the information in Engineer Girl, but with specific advice for high school girls. It talks about preparing for college, being an engineering student, and even where to get financial aid.
  • ISeek Careers: Women in STEM
    This page addresses many points specific to women in what is traditionally considered a male field. Find out about professional associations specifically for women, and coping with gender differences in the workplace.
  • Stemgirls
    Women in the UK currently working in STEM careers answer user-submitted questions. Even though a lot of their content is specific to the United Kingdom, it can be useful to browse the site for general advice, and a global perspective.
  • Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh
    This group often holds public "star parties," where more experienced members aim their telescopes at points of interest, and guests can come observe. They also provide free online astronomy resources (such as a guide to weather conditions and upcoming celestial events).
  • BrainCake from the Carnegie Science Center
    BrainCake.org is an online sisterhood of girls ages 11 - 17 featuring programs, scholarships, virtual mentoring, girl blogs and much more. Check out the "happenings" section for Pittsburgh area events, share your ideas on gender equity in "We Hear That", learn about awesome women in STEM in "She's Livin' It" and check out the way you can get involved as a BrainCake girl!
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History
    The CMNH website is full of opportunities, from a summer camp to free public events to a list of workshops and field trips your teachers can schedule.
  • Carnegie Science Center
    In addition to the exhibits and activities you might encounter on a normal day, the Science Center offers summer camps, sleepovers, and an ever-changing list of workshops.
  • CS2N - The Computer Science Student Network
    This initiative from Carnegie Mellon University encourages students to engage in robotics, animation and computer science activities for fun and competition.
  • NASA: No Boundaries
    This is an annual contest sponsored by NASA, in which groups of students research and promote a STEM career to their peers. Winners receive cash prizes and a VIP experience at a NASA center.
  • National Aviary
    The National Aviary has a summer camp, and a wide variety of workshops and events you can attend. The Aviary's website also includes information about local birds, and projects and activities you can do at home.
  • Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium, k-12 Education Opportunities
    This site lists many space-themed contests, programs, and activities, both within Pennsylvania and at the national level.
  • Phipps Conservatory
    Phipps not only offers classes and trained volunteer opportunities; they occasionally have paid internships for high school students.
  • Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium
    The Zoo has half-day and full-day camp for ages 2-13, as well as a variety of internships and educational programs for teens.
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