STEM Story - Student
The Energy Day Program has several goals:
• to inspire and motivate students to stay active and interested in STEM subjects
• to encourage them to pursue careers in STEM fields
• to change the perception of what a STEM professional looks like

That begins with keeping students interested in STEM subjects and giving them an accurate view of what those careers and people actually look like, including the vast variety of personalities, and job opportunities. Sometimes students don't see diversity; they don't see their future selves in the current workforce, so they don't see it as an option. And keep in mind, diversity goes deeper than age, gender, skin color, and culture; beneath those things are distinct and different personalities. Maybe you've overcome adversity or fears that another student can identify with. Maybe you didn't always fit in with the group you wanted to be a part of (robotics, engineering design team, academic competition or club, etc.), because they saw you as something else (an athlete, an artist, etc.). How did you handle that? Share those things!

An integral part of changing the perception is sharing YOUR stories: students need to hear from adults in the workforce AND from other students! Thank you for your help!
Email address *
Tell us a little about yourself (your name, age, grade level or job title/description, etc). Sharing your gender is not required but would be extremely helpful for analytical reasons. *
Your answer
Please share your favorite thing about STEM (why do you like it?). *
Your answer
How old were you when you realized you were interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)? *
Your answer
What would you say to a young student who doesn't like STEM? *
Your answer
Did you have any teacher(s) who mentored you or inspired you to pursue STEM? If so, please explain. *
Your answer
What are you currently working on that involves STEM? *
Your answer
What have been some of your biggest challenges in your academic pursuits? What have you done to overcome them? *
Your answer
Where do you see yourself in 10 years (and even in 20 years)? What path do you plan to take in order to accomplish those goals? *
Your answer
How could you help others to get involved in STEM? *
Your answer
Please tell us which forms of social media and networking tools you are currently using. *
If you don't currently use social media, would you consider creating a LinkedIn profile to begin professional networking? *
Would you be interested in networking opportunities with other like-minded students and industry professionals? *
Finally, we would love to feature you on our website and in our newsletter. If you're interested, please email a short bio and a professional-looking picture of yourself (a casual photo can be cropped, but please no photos of inappropriate behavior) to Paige Barnes (
Please include your name and a short bio of your accomplishments, both inside and outside the classroom. Don't forget to include any hobbies or things that make you who you are! If it applies, please include the EDAP competition you won (FIRST Robotics, Conrad Challenge, Science Fair, Aspirations, MATE, Ecobot, etc.), Other things you could include:
• Who are you as a person beyond your student life?
• What do you like to do for fun?
• Who or what inspires you (a teacher, a mentor, a famous person)?
• What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever done?
• What’s the most rewarding thing you’ve ever done?
• What, if anything, would you change about your STEM journey?
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