How it All Began

Inspired and driven by our curiosity towards the sciences, we participated in science fairs across South Florida throughout high school. With every competition, we met bright and motivated students who mentioned that competing in science fairs came with many barriers to entry as their schools lacked the frameworks and guidance needed. This alarmed us, as some of us were privileged enough to go to schools that offered resources to expand their scientific knowledge and capabilities to students eager to dive into STEM.

Therefore, we came together and created SciTeens. Our mission is to bridge that gap between education and opportunity, particularly for students from low-resource areas who do not have that support network. Although high school STEM education is continually improving and innovating, these improvements are not distributed equally across many schools.

Our vision relies on our free online platform that is purpose built to help unlock all of the great STEM opportunities available to you. From niche STEM programs in your area to mentors that can remotely guide you through the complexities of your current project, we’re here to help. We support projects and programs in almost every field where you will be able to interact with your peers and learn more about that respective field.

Don’t know where to start looking for a mentor? No worries! Here, you can ask questions from within your own project to be answered by mentors.

If at any time we are not meeting expectations on how we can best serve you, feel free to reach out to us to let us know what we can do better.

For a student coming to our website, it only takes a spark of inspiration, some indication that they, along with all their peers are capable: of leading their own research. Capable of working with other students. And more importantly, Capable of creating an impact.

Meet the Team

Shang Chen

Shang's hobbies include cooking, working out, and playing the piano.


Akash Patel

Akash is a current computer engineering student at USC.

Gary Wu

Gary was once a top-ten chess player in America.


Carlos Mercado-Lara

Carlos has collected rocks since elementary school.

John Sutor

John isn't a mad scientist and doesn't do biology research (despite the photo).