Students are learning how to create profiles allowing their profiles to be viewed, putting students’ STEM accomplishments on view for college and employers.
Middle and high school guidance counselors and principals in the Norwin school district are receiving training on creating profiles using STEM Premier, an interactive online program wjich is similar to LinkedIn, only for students showing their academic and technological achievements.
STEM Premier is a closed social media network which requires parental permission to participate. There is no unauthorized participation. It allows students to create a portfolio which they can show colleges for admission. Participating colleges can access the students’ portfolio and review along with an application for admission.
Students have the option of opting out. The “premium” membership has been offered by the district to students until they are 24. This enables them to contact future employers with the portfolio as well.