STEM Career Explorations & Pathways

The Academy of Earth and Space Science (PANTHER) is committed to exposing our students to opportunities and pathways for higher education and careers in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, the fastest growing segment of the global economy (see infographic & videos below). Our school hosts several talks by STEM professionals throughout the school year and a STEM Career day where students have an opportunity to sit and discuss what it takes to become a STEM professional and what life is like working in a STEM related field.

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In addition to the required Freshman and Sophomore Research Seminar courses and tracks our students can select to participate in, The Academy of Earth and Space Science (PANTHER) provides its students with the following STEM higher education and career exploration and pathway experiences throughout their academic careers:
  • Annual field experiences for each grade level related to STEM with a focus on our school’s theme of Earth and Space Science.
  • Three annual student-driven academic research seminar days focused on Space Sciences, STEM and Earth Sciences. 
  • Multiple career exploration days where students meet with a person engaged in a STEM related career.
  • Participation in multiple STEM competitions such as Robotics, Hour of Code, School and District Science Fair, Google Science Fair, AMTNJ Math Olympiad and App Design Contests among others.
  • Multiple student visits to STEM focused colleges and universities such as MIT, NJIT, Lincoln Tech and Rutgers University among others. 
To learn more about STEM careers please feel free to engage in PBS’s STEM Career Lesson located at or review the STEM Career Guide at
Students may also visit the STEM Learning Lab at Passaic County Community College on the fourth floor of the main building in Paterson or schedule a time to meet with their guidance counselors to discuss opportunities. 
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