When I started the STEM Starter Academy, I didn’t expect much. After all, it’s completely free, and free usually turns out to be too good to be true. Its good to know that expectations can still be exceeded. After just a few weeks at the STEM Starter Academy, I learned more through the Aleks program then I did sitting through a whole 4 terms in my high school. Math was never my strong suit, but thanks to the professors and interns helping me one on one at the STEM academy, I do feel like I’m much better prepared for when I come during the fall.
The lab assignments we have done too are very interesting and intuitive, and really gave me a good idea on what to expect if I decide to pursue a STEM career, my personal favorite was simply observing the natural area around Massasoit and together, with the other STEM students, coming up with hypotheses on how the ecosystem works.
Not to mention the food is very good, and free too: whether you like chicken fingers or pizza, Massasoit has it all. STEM Starter Academy also offers field trips to places like the local Arboretum to see nature and different types of trees, and to big medical companies like Siemens to see what a career in a bio STEM career might look like.
Though I should mention SSA is mainly for those interested in STEM careers; if you want to be a hairdresser, for instance, or some other non-STEM career, this might not be the program for you. Overall, if you want to get a head start on college and get a quality education, Massasoit STEM Starter is the place to go!