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AV Eagle Convocation Wilderness Experience Program: July 17 - 25. Open to AVHS students in grades 9 - 11.  When groups of eagles come together in the wilderness the gathering is called a convocation.  We are calling for a convocation of AV Eagles to come together on a wilderness canoe trip on Lake of the Woods in northern Minnesota with students from AVHS and elsewhere.  Students can also earn an elective field science credit or a credit recovery credit in science.   View photos from the 2019 trips here: Zimmerman’s Group.  Learn more HERE and Register by March 31. 

Check out this extensive list of STEM summer camps and programs.

Many offer scholarships to support students with financial needs. 

2023 Data Derby, Saturday, April 8:  Do You Have Passion For Data & Analytics? 

A 1-day competition for individuals or a team to solve questions using provided datasets. This competition will be held on April 8thLocation: Hennepin Technical College – Eden Prairie. Competition Theme: Food Costs. No experience is required. There will be a high-school level so you will be competing against other high school students.  Register HERE. What is data analytics? Watch this video.

  • Individual or a team (2 to 4 students)
  • High School, Undergraduate, or Graduate students
  • If under the age of 18, need parental approval

Nice Skills to Have:  You can address data challenges in any way you know how. Programming or SQL knowledge is helpful, but not essential to win. Any openly available tool or application is allowed including:

  • Spreadsheets
  • Statistical packages
  • Common programming language (such as Java, Python, and SQL)
  • Visualization tools (such as Tableau, and SAP) packages
  • Common Office Productivity Tools (such as Microsoft Office Suite)

Engineering Machine Design Contest:  Opportunity for teams of 3-12 students. Design and build a complex machine using everyday objects with the guidance of a coach. The completed machine will use multiple steps to complete a simple task. Teams showcase and exhibit their machine at a regional contest with the opportunity to advance to the Engineering Machine Design Championship. Teams are scored on a Team Journal, Team Presentation, and Machine Design and Operation.  Compete against other high school students on April 7.   View these example machines from last season. View the competition handbook for rules and other details. Contact Mr. Lynch if you would like to form a team.  AVHS will support you. Send an email to or send him a Schoology message. Deadline to register is March 13. 




Scholarship search tools and lists of STEM scholarships: There are many scholarship search tools available to you on this list.  We continue to add scholarships to this Google document as we find them.  Check these out and those listed below. 

Scholarships for Black and African American STEM Majors: If you’re a minority student interested in finding free money to help you earn a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math, check out this list of organizations that offer scholarships for Black students in STEM.

11 Scholarships for Women in STEM: These scholarships can help minimize the cost of college and help female students pursue their dreams. Read below for the best STEM scholarships for female college students.

Coolidge Scholarship: the Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2024 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (current high school seniors are not eligible to apply). Winners may use the scholarship to pursue any academic major.

Academic excellence is the primary criterion considered by the Coolidge Scholarship. Secondary criteria include an interest in public policy and an appreciation of the values President Coolidge championed. Successful candidates will also demonstrate humility and have a record of genuine service to their communities. A complete description of the scholarship’s criteria is available here.

The competition for the Coolidge Scholarship is significant -- only a few new Coolidge Scholarships are awarded each year from a pool of candidates that spans the entire country. Even so, students have reported to us in past years they were glad to have applied even if they didn’t win because the experience helped prepare them for college applications later on. Furthermore, the Coolidge Foundation invites one hundred of the top Coolidge Scholarship applicants to participate in the Coolidge Senators Program, which includes an all-expenses-paid summit gathering and a $1,000 scholarship. Scholarship applicants are automatically considered for the Senators Program.

We hope you will share this opportunity with outstanding high school juniors you may know. The scholarship application, along with additional information, can be accessed on our scholarship site: www.coolidgescholars.orgPlease note the deadline is 5:00 PM eastern time, Thursday, February 23, 2023. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, I can be reached by email at or by phone at (202) 827-4291.

Work Experiences (job shadow, internships, jobs, service learning):



JUNIORS: Genesys Works’ new student application is now open! Twin Cities high school juniors, don't miss this opportunity to join the Genesys Works program and build your own successful future. With Genesys Works you can gain real-world skills, earn a PAID internship, and receive college and career support. View this video and check out our website at more information! 

Career Coaching:

Career Coaching: This will include Simple activity allowing students to identify their top core values.  These values are critical in guiding people as they identify career fields that are the best fit for them. 

  • reviewing your high school classes and credits
  • discussing post-high school plans
  • looking at your strengths and interests and how those might apply to a potential career

We will also look at the various opportunities through STEM that will enhance your job readiness and resume, plus help analyze any possible barriers that may stand in your path and look at ways in which those can be overcome.

In addition to your school counselor, you might also meet with Mr. Lynch or one of our career coaches for coaching sessions.  You could make an appointment with any one of us over Schoology.  To make an appointment with your school counselor stop by the student services office to set something up or call 952-431-8218.  Your school counselor is determined by your last name:

                Ms. Gustafson A-C   Mr. Perkins D- He.  Ms. Fogolin Hf-Mek.  Ms. Schmidt Mel-Roo.   Ms. Perkins Rop-Z”



Naviance:  Contains Supermatch college search/selection system.  Click HERE to access.  Your user name is your school email address (  Use the same password you use to login to Schoology & Collab.  

Traitify Personality Assessment – The Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board procured Traitify for use by residents of Dakota and Scott counties. Traitify is a visual personality assessment tool that recommends careers, jobs, and education based on personality and preference data. Users swipe through a short series of images, answering “Me” or “Not Me” to generate individualized results in about 90 seconds. It’s accurate, fast, free, and fun. Take the survey here!

High 5 Strengths Test: Free test to determine your top 5 strengths and how they might apply to future career fields. Access test HERE.

Value Sort Activity:  During your sessions, you will be discussing all aspects of your potential educational pathways that will lead to a good career match. Complete activity HERE.  

STEM Career Aptitude Quiz: Simple quiz to find out which career areas would be the best fit for you. 

MyNextMove – Career exploration tool that allows you to explore careers in a variety of ways. Also contains access to an interest profile tool to help you better identify what you would like to do for careers if you are not sure. 

 GetMyFuture –  Career Exploration system Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.


Healthcare Career Exploration Websites: You may be interested in healthcare — but not quite sure what specific job or educational path you’d like to pursue. Here are two sites that can help: CareerWise and HealthCarePathway.

careeronestop  Career videos.  Learn more about various careers by viewing videos from professionals in these fields. 

BLS Career Outlook Information:  Resource to learn more about trends in career opportunities. 

 Skills Toolkit – Find the tool you need to research career information, training, or jobs.

Career and Educational Explorer: Career and Education Explorer allows students and others interested in a certain career field to review related job descriptions, education requirements, typical job titles, wages, hiring demand, and top industries. The tool merges the functions and data of two separate products, Career Profile and ISEEK, into a single entity.

2-Year Degree Career Examples: learn more about different types of careers that require a 2-year degree. This resource from ISG also lists what local colleges offer programs that will lead to those careers.

STEM Occupation Data Resource site:  Department of Labor Statistics site about STEM careers. 

O*net Online:  Great occupation exploration tool including career outlook tool. 

WIOA Dakota County Wanted Analytics & JobsUse this resources to find jobs and see what careers are highly sought in our area.

Learnability Quotient Assessment Tool – Technology is always changing and so is the workplace. Your Learnability Quotient (or LQ) reflects your desire and ability to grow and adapt to new circumstances and challenges throughout your work life.

College Search site:

If interested, please also visit the following website to learn more about the conversations our executives had at the World Economic Forum around Learnability, the skills revolution and gender parity –

SciGirls Stories: Real Women, Real Jobs: Inspiring real-life stories for all ages featuring Minnesota women in STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). These are the innovators, problem-solvers and dreamers who live right next door, passionate about their work, hobbies, families and helping to make the world a better place. They motivate girls to pursue all kinds of interests and career paths.

SciGirls Women in STEM Videos Series of videos about women in a variety of STEM careers. 

Harvard Law To Allow Deferred Admissions, Hopes To Attract STEM Majors. The New York Times (5/3, Olson, Subscription Publication) reports that Harvard Law School announced Wednesday that it is “expanding a pilot program for Harvard undergraduates,” and will “allow juniors accepted from any college to defer admission as long as they finish college and spend at least two years working, studying or pursuing research or fellowships.” The program was started “to encourage students to gain work experience before entering law school and to encourage those studying science, technology, engineering or math to pursue the legal profession.” The Washington Post (5/3, Svrluga) reports that Harvard Law officials say they “particularly hope to lure students interested in science, technology, engineering and math fields to consider the law, since advanced technical knowledge and skills are in demand.” The piece quotes Associate Dean for Admissions and Strategic Initiatives Jessica Soban saying, “It’s incredibly valuable to have your attorney understand the underlying biology or the underlying coding systems or the underlying physics that are driving the legal questions.”

Increasing Diversity In STEM Workforce Requires Greater Exposure Of Young People To STEM Jobs. Dr. Marcus Bright, political commentator and executive director of Education for a Better America, writes at Diverse Education (5/3, Bright), on the lack of diversity in the STEM workforce, which he attributes to “an inept outreach to HBCUs and other producers of qualified STEM workers” as well as “a lack of large numbers of people of color in the STEM pipeline.” He recommends “more exposure for students at the K-12 level” as a remedy, and as a means of making “the requisite math courses needed for many STEM careers more relevant to students.” In college, he says students in relevant fields of study need “consistent exposure to opportunities in the STEM economy.”

Cyber Security Education Guide: Cyber security professionals, or information security analysts, have a wide range of responsibilities, but the crux of their job is to protect online data form being compromised. As more of our personal information is stored online, the more important it becomes to step up security.

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