Middle School

Middle School

Think it’s too early to start thinking about college, or what your future might hold after high school? Trust us, there’s plenty you can be working on right now to make sure you’re learning the skills and taking the steps you need for the future you want. And with camps, science fairs and math competitions, that work can actually be a lot of fun, too! 

Plan Ahead
Student checklist: are you on track?

Follow this list of steps you can take right now to make sure you have the opportunity to go to college — and get the future you want.

Start planning for college now

Check out these tips specifically designed to get middle school students on track for college: simple steps to prepare; connect with experts; and take the quiz to find out if you have what it takes!

8th graders: make high school count

You have to go to high school anyway, so you might as well MAKE IT COUNT! No matter what you dream of doing with your life, preparing yourself for more education beyond high school is your wisest plan right now.

Timeline: are you on track for college?

Check out this age specific timeline to make sure you are taking the action steps needed to stay on track for college.

What Careers Interest You?

Learn more about yourself and your interests with Indiana Career Explorer. It's never too early to start planning your future!

I Want to be an Engineer

So you’re interested in becoming an engineer. That’s great! But what can you do now to prepare for that? Read more and we'll tell you! HINT: It has to do with STEM.

STEM Career Options

With so many STEM career options to choose from, we’ve gathered a few sites that will help you find a career that fits your interests and skills sets.

Financial Aid
Win a middle school scholarship

Show how your favorite hobby, sport or activity wouldn't exist without math and win a scholarship!

Cash for College

Indiana's Cash for College campaign helps guide students through the process of saving, applying and paying for college. Find helpful hints and important financial aid deadlines here.

Build Skills
Get help with math and science homework

Ask Rose Homework Hotline connects you with Rose-Hulman students for free help with your math and science homework.

Learn business basics

Get involved with a JA program and learn the value of workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy as well as many other economic concepts and useful facts about the working world. 

Have fun with math

Improve your math skills by playing fun games that combine music, sports and fashion with algebra and geometry!

Building Blocks of Learning

It's important to build math and science skills in middle school. Let this website provide benchmarks to meet for each grade as well as skill-building tools to help get you there.

Play/Get Involved
Explore interesting careers

Drive of Your Life is an online game that puts you in the driver's seat! Explore what careers might interest you in your customized ride.

Get involved: competitions, camps & contests

IPFW's Outreach Programs introduce you to the world of engineering and technology through activities like LEGO® League, bridge building contests and engineering fairs.

Compete with LEGO robots


Teams of 9 to 14 year olds explore a yearly theme on this 2-3 month project and then compete with LEGO® robots that must accomplish a number of missions. 


Become a problem solver

Participate in InDIana Destination ImagiNation, a creative problem-solving team competition!

Create a computer-designed city

Teams expand knowledge and skills as they work on a cross-disciplinary project with an engineer mentor. Teams create a computer-designed city, write an essay on a yearly theme, build a city model, and present their project to judges. 

Have fun (and win!) at math

MATHCOUNTS inspires excellence, confidence and curiosity in U.S. middle school students through fun and challenging math programs and provides today’s students with the foundation for success in STEM careers.

Science & Engineering Fair

Students research and then create a project for experimentation on a STEM topic and, at the regional fair, explain their research to judges. Junior and senior division students compete to advance to the state and international competitions.

Compete in the Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division. Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. 

Northeastern Indiana Tri-State Regional Science Fair

Exhibits on any scientific subject made by students may be entered if students are enrolled in any class from grades 1 through 12 in any parochial, private, or public school in DeKalb, Noble, LaGrange, Steuben, or St. Joseph counties.

Summer science camps

Science Central offers a wide spectrum of half-day, single-day and week-long science camps for kids ages 3 to 13.  

IPFW summer exploration camps

Summer Exploration Camps expose students to career/interest areas like Computer Science, Leadership, Math & Science, Engineering, and Physics. Camps are one or two weeks in length.

Join FIRST Robotics

Do you like science and technology? Do you live in the Huntington area? If so, then look into joining the Huntington County 4H Robotics Team - a part of the US FIRST organization.