6 Awesome STEM Websites for High School Kids

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The CARE Foundation has compiled some awesome STEM websites for High School Youth to explore! We’ll keep you posted on everything from: games, contests, apps to career advice. We are ready to MOTIVATE you! #IAMMOTIVATION

6 STEM Websites for High School Kids

Arrick Robotics: Interested in robotics? If you’re looking for robotics resources, this is the place to be. Includes lists of competitions and contests, groups and clubs, games and simulation.

Codeacademy: Here it is! Learn to code interactively (and for free). Codeacademy offers coding classes in major programming languages like Python, PHP, jQuery, JavaScript and Ruby!

DiscoverE: Thinking about a career engineering? DiscoverE has a selection of resources on careers, preparing for college and research schools. You might also want to check out their list of videos, trips, websites and hands-on activities.

Mu Alpha Theta: Also known as the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta has over 100,000 student members. It organizes a national math convention, offers special awards and provides competitions.

Student Science: A central spot for science news, blogs, resources and information about Intel competitions. Sample article titles include “Native ‘snot’” and “A library with no books”.

TechRocket: This is a really neat tool for exploring programming languages, 2D and 3D game design, and more!

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Youth Are Gearing Up For a Professional Online Presence!

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At the C.A.R.E. Foundation we take our Career Workshops (Youth Career Conference 2015) seriously and work on what the need is. No question, having a strong and positive online presence is great for anyone ready to get our in the work world. Here’s what we found regarding one to the best social media platforms for professionals on their career path.

Let’s talk about LinkedIn. LinkedIn is not just good for business, but branding, too. Your LinkedIn profile is one of the most effective ways to position yourself in business or as a professional ready to take on the world! With any online profile, it must be clear, relevant and up to date with what’s happening in your career for professional life. I know, where do we start, right? Just consider three elements to pull from — Social Networking, Relevant Sharing and a Polished Consistency — now you can create that awesome online profile!

Social Networking

Use your existing online network to expand your social-media followers. The first thing to do is to let people that already love you know you’re here! Message or call family, friends, or co-workers and ask them to connect with you and you’ll follow them back. Your closest network already genuinely want you to succeed, so they’ll be your most passionate crowd. Engage them online and you can start building a firm foundation to connect with new people.

Relevant Sharing.

Content sharing, that is! Most LinkedIn users want to further their careers and professional brand image, too! Turn your LinkedIn profile into a resource for your network. Give away engaging, and interesting content they can utilize. e.g. career tips, or business insights relevant to them.

Polished Consistency.

People connect with people. When possible have professional photos done for your profile. You’ll be surprised and the new interest level taken when you present yourself and all your postings in a polished way. Be sure to have a steady flow of informative posts so people would have a reason to keep coming back to your profile. Being viewed as a resource that has value is an achievement, too! At our Career Workshop we brought in a professional photographer and had all the young professionals and entrepreneurs head-shots taken. It all came out quite nice-don’t you think?

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Go Ahead! EmpowerMe!

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I’ve learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom – how great is that? ~Soledad O’Brien

Our youth are learning that they have to empower themselves in order to be relevant to any type of struggle. We give them the tools and the opportunities. It’s amazing what we do at The C.A.R.E. Foundation. ~John Westly Stewart, CEO, The C.A.R.E. Foundation

And in my own life, in my own small way, I’ve tried to give back to this country that has given me so much. That’s why I left a job at a law firm for a career in public service, working to empower young people to volunteer in their communities. Because I believe that each of us – no matter what our age or background or walk of life – each of us has something to contribute to the life of this nation. ~Michelle Obama

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. ~Bill GatesFor my brothers it was easy to think about the future. They can be anything they want. But for me it was hard and for that reason I wanted to become educated and empower myself with knowledge. ~Malala Yousafzai

One of my core values is to help redefine what it means to be a strong and beautiful woman in the music and fashion worlds and to empower the wonderful things that make us unique. ~Janelle Monae

You have to enable and empower people to make decisions independent of you. As I’ve learned, each person on a team is an extension of your leadership; if they feel empowered by you they will magnify your power to lead. ~Tom Ridge

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Are You Getting The Right Kind of Exposure?

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Exposure from a young age to the realities of the world is a super-big thing. ~Bill Gates

We pay a price when we deprive children of the exposure to the values, principles, and education they need to make them good citizens. ~Sandra Day O’Connor

I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge. ~Igor Stravinsky

Exposure makes you famous, not just good work. Famous is being plastered everywhere. ~Francesca Annis

A friend of my mom’s was a casting director so, really as kind of a lark, I had a couple of acting jobs that had just enough exposure to give me the option to continue if I wanted to. I followed through with it. ~Ben Affleck

So many of my rookie mistakes could have been avoided by first-hand exposure to other, more experienced technology entrepreneurs. ~Kathryn Minshew

exposure-at-careKnowledge should be a public good, and I want my ideas to have as much exposure as possible. ~Sheena Iyengar

Certain things you learn through exposure. It’s really the elements which make up any artist. You really learn by example. You learn by influence. And some people have a huge impact on you, and that’s how you become the artist you are. ~Greg Lake

Exposure to a diversity of disciplines has been exceptionally helpful to me. ~Irene Rosenfeld

I’ve always tried to lend my support to worth while causes, and I feel you should use your celebrity to help with worldwide causes and help them gain exposure. ~Warren Moon

What is the #IAMMOTIVATION Career Readiness Tour?

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career-readiness-tourThe C.A.R.E. (Career, Academics, Recreation and Exposure) Foundation is hosting, The Career Readiness Tour to motivate and empower young people toward career excellence. The tour is designed to engage youth at crucial life stages, such as: transitioning from middle to high school, high school to college and college to career.
During the Career Readiness Tour, C.A.R.E. will offer age-appropriate forums and other interactive activities focused on five key areas of learning.
The #IAMMOTIVATION Campaign encompasses principles we learn on how to continually keep ourselves motivated on a path to success. The Career Readiness Tour is consistently showing youth how to be the greatest change in the world they wish to see.

We are pleased to announce we are now extending our reach to seven local libraries in Louisiana!

Young Entrepreneurs Create Revenue to Fund Local Recreation Center

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The six local adolescents from Baton Rouge, LA founded AnyLoom with a goal to build a gymnasium for underserved youth. This ambitious group took the image of a typical entrepreneur and turned it on its ear with the single idea of selling looms.
At Anyloom, a team weaves miniature colored rubber bands on a hand-operated device to create custom bracelets, lanyards and key chains.
“I thought of the idea [to make looms] standing in my kitchen,” said 13-year-old Kiara Brumfeild.
Kiara is the company’s director of finance. She and her team presented their business idea to their long-time mentor, John Westly Stewart, knowing he would an interest in their newly founded business endeavor.
“When I was coming up we had resources like the YMCA that came into the community,” recalls John Westly Stewart, CEO and Founder of The C.A.R.E. Foundation.
youth-careers-successThe C.A.R.E. Foundation, whose acronym stands for: Career, Academics, Recreation and Exposure has been a resource for youth, parents and educators. Mr. Stewart has always had the passion for academic learning, sports and recreation, and entrepreneurship.
It was Mr. Stewart’s early childhood experiences led him to establish C.A.R.E., a non-profit organization that provides career development services to young adults. Stewart runs the foundation with longtime friend and Co-Founder, Daniel Smith. Under the foundation’s guidance, AnyLoom is learning business expertise and life skills.
Brianna Alexander, 12, is the manager of materials and says that in her role she quickly learned that good attitudes equal good sales. The teams’ positive attitudes have translated into impressive earnings at their first major sales event, a vendor’s fair in Tyler, Texas.
Over the next few years AnyLooms’ goals are to polish their business plan and expand their product line.

Read more about how C.A.R.E. supports and youth entrepreneurship.