Academy Programs

(Online courses for students 10 and older)

Notice: Due to the current, unprecedented public health crisis with COVID-19, we will be waiving fees for all Academy program participants. The team at STEMed Labs feels strongly that as a global community we should do our best to try and support one another. We want to ensure every interested student has the opportunity to participate and further their education from home during this challenging time.

Building on on our experience with our Junior ILP and ILP programs, the STEMed Labs Academy is a new offering we’re launching in 2020. Our Academy programs are structured to enable parents and students to explore selected topics independently based upon predefined lines of inquiry. Interested students can also signup for our Group Discussion Series where they’ll have the opportunity to share and learn from peers through writing and  facilitated dialogue. 

Critical Thinking




Eligibility and Guidelines

Location - World

Academy program content is delivered completely online, so any student is eligible to participate independent of where they live.

Ages 10 and older

Academy courses are offered for students 10 and up. While we assume adult support for our Junior ILP Academy programs (students aged 10-12), this may come from a parent or mentor.

Computer and Internet

Students require access to a computer and Internet connectivity.

Behavioral Neuroscience


We’ll identify subtopics within the field of Behavioral Neuroscience to explore the intersection between the brain and human behavior. Each selected subtopic will incorporate three defined lines of inquiry that students can use to guide independent research. In addition, through our Group Discussion series, each age group will identify more specific areas of interest to research and present.

Group Discussion Series: These will be hosted online over four weeks. A separate series will be held for Junior ILP and ILP age groups.


  • The Fear that Lies Within
  • (More coming soon!) 

Junior ILP

  • Apply for discussion series by: Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • Discussion series dates: Next cohort TBD
  • Discussion series time: 10:30am-11:30am Central Time US
  • Target ages: 10-12


  • Apply for discussion series by: Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • Discussion series dates: Next cohort TBD
  • Discussion series time: 8:00am – 9:00am Central Time US
  • Target ages: 13 and older

Participation Process

All students are welcome to view the topic videos. For those interested in delving deeper, they can complete the assignment outlined in the course to submit an application for our Group Discussion Series.


Step 1

View topic primer video


Step 2

Complete assignment outlined in the module primer


Step 3

Attend group discussion series sessions

Create an Academy account and view topic primer video

Junior ILP (ages 10 - 12)

ILP (ages 13 and up)


While the ILP program covered the topic of sustainable energy in depth, it simultaneously enabled students to learn collaboration and time-management skills. Those skills are practiced and put to use in this program, and are useful tools to use in the future. I would highly recommend the ILP program!


ILP Student

STEMed Labs is a very immersive experience that allows a student to develop their writing and presentation skills. It helps students gain more experience dealing with real world issues, while also developing social skills when communicating with their partners.

ILP Student

I really enjoyed the ILP program as it was an experience in which I not only learned about energy but also how to think properly. As we progressed through the program, my analytical abilities, in my opinion, improved as I had to look at things on both smaller scales and larger scales. I looked at energy powering one house and I looked at a type of energy potenially powering the entire planet. As a result, I was able to expand on my knowledge but also my skills.


ILP Student

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