The National STEM Honor Society™ (NSTEM™) has established minimum annual (past 12 months) requirements for student members as follows:
- GPA (STEM Classes Only)
- Classroom STEM Hours (Annual)
- Enrichment Hours (Annual) as determined by the Chapter Advisor
The National STEM Honor Society™ has established minimum annual (past 12 months) requirements for student members. Chapters may increase those requirements, if they wish, provided any changes are consistent with the NSTEM Constitution. Please note that, pursuant to the NSTEM Constitution, a Chapter may not impose academic standards or requirements for non-STEM courses or programming.
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 the student to participate in NSTEM while completing their hours.
Chapters can prorate the requirements of their members if a chapter is created after the school year is in progress. The minimum number of hours required by each member shall be prorated for members based on the number of months remaining in the academic year.
The NSTEM student member minimum requirements through the K to Career™ journey are:
More Detail on Minimum Requirements:
GPA in STEM Classes Only: Student members must maintain an average grade of 85 or a B, 3.0 on a 4.0 score, or equivalent standard of excellence as per the latest grading period in all STEM courses. The Chapter Advisor determines which classes qualify for STEM classroom hours. There are no grade minimums on non-STEM courses. A Chapter may require a higher level of academic performance in STEM disciplines.
Classroom STEM Hours (Annual): As determined by the Chapter Advisor, based upon the previous 12 months (or shorter if the hours are achieved sooner), the student must complete the minimum number of classroom STEM hours as shown in the graphic above. A student who has not yet completed the required number of classroom STEM hours can join NSTEM as a provisional member while working toward meeting the requirements for full membership.
Enrichment Hours (Annual): As determined by the Chapter Advisor, based upon the previous 12 months (or shorter if the hours are achieved sooner), members must participate in the required STEM-related extracurricular enrichment activities. We believe enrichment hours should emphasize Project Based Learning (PBL) designed to increase a student’s excitement, knowledge of and engagement in STEM related topics. A student who has not yet completed the required number of enrichment hours can join NSTEM as a provisional member while working toward meeting the requirements for full membership.
- Enrichment activities may be sponsored by the Chapter or any other organization or group, as long as the activity has been pre-approved by the Chapter Advisor and is age and content appropriate.
- Enrichment hours can be obtained throughout the year including vacation and summer months.
- Examples of qualified STEM enrichment activities include: science fairs, field trips, competitions, math contests, STEM-related clubs (e.g. science, math, cyber, Lego, robotics), tutoring students in STEM, coding, individual and group STEM projects, experiments, workshops, attending a lecture or film on STEM topics, STEM camps, guest speakers, Chapter meetings, working at a STEM-related internship/job, drone and gaming technologies, computer sciences, etc.
Chapters may increase requirements if they wish, provided any changes are consistent with the NSTEM Constitution.
Enrichment Activities: NSTEM Chapter student members must participate in one or more STEM-related extracurricular activities designed to increase a student’s knowledge of and engagement in STEM related topics. Enrichment activities may be sponsored by the chapter or any other organization or group, as long as the activity has been reviewed and pre-approved by the Chapter Advisor as being age and content appropriate for a STEM enrichment activity. Each grade level of NSTEM has required hours its members must engage in enrichment activities to remain an active member of their Chapter. Each Chapter must offer or approve a sufficient number of STEM extracurricular activities/programming to permit a student to satisfy the STEM enrichment activity requirements outlined in this subsection.
Organization Sponsored Chapters: Chapters sponsored by organizations will adhere to membership requirements for the grade level of their participating students, as outlined above.
Student Conduct: Members must conduct themselves in a manner that is acceptable to the guidelines of the educational institution.
Schools Without Letter Grades: In schools that do not give letter or number grades, written teacher recommendations will be the alternative criteria considered.
Demonstrated Passion: Students wish to join NSTEM are expected to demonstrate a passion and aptitude for STEM subjects, as reported by their teachers, especially when specific courses or grades are not provided.