Purpose: At the elementary school level, encouragement and inspiration are essential for young students to develop a passion for STEM subjects. The National STEM Honor Society™ (NSTEM™) encourages parents to be involved with their child’s STEM journey by offering activity ideas the whole family can enjoy. Students learn problem solving skills with innovative and creative STEM projects.
- Motivation for students to participate in STEM enrichment activities in and out of school
- Student access to a library of resources including exciting, fun, educational, and inspirational project ideas
- Access to a Student Dashboard which includes awards, scholarships, regularly issued newsletters and more
- An opportunity for the student/chapter to compete for the NSTEM Advisor/Chapter STEM Champion Award and the NSTEM Student-Led Project STEM Champion Award
- An opportunity for the student to apply for NSTEM’s Extracurricular Activity Scholarship which assists those in financial need to attend a STEM extracurricular activity
- Program ideas aimed at fostering the child’s natural curiosity and passion for discovery and learning
- Opportunities for underrepresented youth to explore and develop their passion for STEM
- Optional induction materials in the storeopens in a new tab(e.g., membership card, NSTEM pin, and NSTEM recognition certificate)
How does a student join the National STEM Honor Society?
- If your school has a chapter, speak with the Chapter Advisor about how to become a member
- If your school does not have an NSTEM chapter, you will need to contact the principal, headmaster, dean, director, or president of the school, share with them information about NSTEM and encourage them to Start a Chapter
Eligibility requirements for elementary school students:
NSTEM has established minimum eligibility requirements for student members. The local chapters may increase those requirements if they wish. So check with your local chapter for its requirements. Please note that a local chapter may not impose minimum grades or requirements in non-STEM subjects.
Please note that a student who has not yet completed the required number of hours of academic curriculum or enrichment activities can join NSTEM as a provisional member for one year. This will allow them to be a member of NSTEM while completing their hours.
Click here for NSTEM’s minimum eligibility requirements for elementary school members.