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Now Accepting Applications for Fall Semester!

Join us for our Fall Courses:
  • Explore Our Shore explores marine science at Sandy Hook.
  • Olympics of the Mind introduces you to the world of physics.
  • Code Secrets is our girls-only coding course.
  • Is it Science or Magic is our introduction to chemistry.

 
Now Accepting Applications for Fall Semester!

Join us for our Fall Courses:
  • Explore Our Shore explores marine science at Sandy Hook.
  • Olympics of the Mind introduces you to the world of physics.
  • Code Secrets is our girls-only coding course.
  • Is it Science or Magic is our introduction to chemistry.

Deadlines, News, Events
Now Accepting Applications for Fall Semester (8-2-17)
New Stars Challenge Executive Director (8-1-16)

More Information
Learn a Language, but Not a Human One - WSJ (pdf)
Where Non-Techies Can Get With the Programming - The New York Times (4-6-16) (pdf)
Learning to Think Like a Computer - The New York Times (4-6-16) (pdf)
What you study is much more important than where you go to college (3-21-15)
Time Magazine Article on Girls in Computing (8-27-14) (pdf)
View our Video Gallery

What is Stars Challenge?

The Stars Challenge is a science enrichment program for 6th through 9th graders that is held primarily at High Technology High School and Biotechnology High School. Our goal is to get more top students -- students who can become innovators -- involved in science and technology and ultimately to maintain America's historical lead in technology and innovation.

We start with excellent teachers. Then we focus on real-world problems where students can work in small groups to create innovative solutions. We want to stimulate and nurture the students' passion and curiosity about science. We want our students to understand how they can use science and technology to make a positive impact on society

High Tech is the best STEM high school (science, technology, engineering and math) in the country.  Both High Tech and Biotech High Schools are among the top 15 high schools in the country.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know Monmouth County's outstanding high schools!

We offer four programs:

  • Our Fall and Winter Science Courses are our flagship program for top middle school students.  Courses are taught at High Tech and Biotech High Schools in the evening during fall and winter semesters.   We began our 12th academic year this fall; so far, we've taught over 100 courses with over 1,500 students from over 60 schools. Check out our courses offerings at Fall and Winter Science Courses.  Take a look at pictures from our previous courses in our Gallery.
     
  • Summer Camp at Sandy Hook is a one-week marine science program that is located on Sandy Hook and is hosted by MAST.  This is a hands-on course with both lab and field work that explores the marine life and habitat of Sandy Hook's beaches and estuaries. All our instructors are from MAST. For more information, see Summer Camp at Sandy Hook.
     
  • Coding Camp For Girls -- called Code Secrets -- is a one-week program that combines coding with applications in science.  This is a hands-on course that teaches the basics of coding along with the use of sensors in other areas of science.  It is hosted by Mr. Michael T. Roche at High Technology High School.  For more information, see Coding Camp For Girls and our brochure (pdf).