Authentic STEM career experiences
Young Science Explorers Program
The Young Science Explorers Program (YSEP) is an intensive 30-hour summer program where middle school students can explore STEM-related industry and careers. Students who participate in YSEP gain increased acces to information about bioscience industry products, research, and related careers through project and inquiry-based laboratory experiences that are aligned with local, state and national curriculum standards.
YSEP participants have shown a statistically significant increase of 27 percent in content knowledge and measureable gains in attitude and interest in science as a career.
This program targets middle school students as they begin to form opinions about science and their future careers. Students will experience a wide variety of careers and ways that Maryland organizations are researching and developing products and therapies that will shape participants career decisions positively and influence their view of science as a career.
In addition to formal discussions about science careers, a large component of career exploration for students is to visit local organizations. During these visits participants will learn about the organization’s research and/or products and experience first-hand the different types of careers, people and positions within the organization. Past organization visits included MedImmune, Emergent BioSolutions, J. Craig Venter Institute, QIAGEN, Proctor & Gamble, and University of Maryland BioPark.