Essential Courses with Timelines

Requirements for a STEM Education

Although your local school district may have more specific guidelines as to specific courses, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and Maryland Business Round Table for Education (MBRT) provide guidance on skills students need to master to become “STEM literate.” The MSDE STEM Standards of Practice Frameworks for Grades 6–12 is divided into seven standards for Grades 6–8 and 9–12:

  1. Learn and Apply Rigorous Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Content
  2. Integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Content
  3. Interpret and Communicate Information from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  4. Engage in Inquiry
  5. Engage in Logical Reasoning
  6. Collaborate as a STEM Team
  7. Apply Technology Strategically

The MBRT Maryland Scholars Guidelines list suggested courses for a STEM scholar.

The STEMpowerment Workshop Presentation also provides an overview of the essential courses a STEM student needs.

Preparing for Applying to College

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is a good starting point for developing a strategy for finding the right fit for your STEM student.

NACAC features a good overview, “What Students Interested in STEM Fields Need to Know”

The programs and competitions listed under Resources are also essential mileposts on a student’s road to STEM success.

The STEM Programs and Competitions page has information on STEM scholarships and internships.