External Programs and Competitions

Summer Programs

There are hundreds of opportunities for focused STEM learning during the summer. Here is a small sample of the many programs available:

To search for programs in other areas, a number of websites cast a wider net, with listings of programs throughout the United States and beyond:

After-School Programs
STEM Competitions

The local, national, and international competitions listed here are open to students and recommended by APL.





MESA Day Competitions
Other STEM Competitions and Science Fairs

Several websites provide comprehensive directories of science fairs. Check out the following sites to help you find a science fair:

  • Education.com Science Fair Project Ideas
  • NOVA Labs, a PBS site (describes competitions, opportunities for field experience, and summer programs)
  • Science Buddies (has a science fair directory)
  • STEMconnector's STEM Directory (has a search feature to help you find many of the most popular competitions)
  • Student Science (has a search feature for finding science fairs)
  • Student Science also sponsors these competitions:
      •  Broadcom Masters (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering Rising Stars)
      •  Intel Science Talent Search
      •  Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Other sources of information about STEM competitions and science fairs include the following:

STEM Scholarships and Internships for Students

Hundreds of organizations nationwide provide scholarship funding for STEM students. Pathways to Science is a good starting point for locating STEM programs and scholarships.

Commercial and nonprofit sites can also serve as a good starting place for researching the hundreds of available scholarship programs. The scholarships on these sites can also be accessed directly. Examples include the following:

The following links are some examples of the many STEM scholarships and internships available to high school and undergraduate students.