It should involve the full engineering process -starting from just an idea to a final product which can be a software, hardware, or any innovative idea. All should be supported with quantitative work.
Start your own portfolio.
Engineering portfolio is a journey, NOT just a fancy well-written document. Do start writing your portfolio early - as it reflects who you are and your passion. The portfolio can substantiate the technical depth, and longevity of your engineering interests, leadership, activities that make an impact. This will be a great addition to your internship applications. Thus, do not wait until 12th grade to jam information onto your own web portfolio at once.
Deliver oral presentation and present your work to public.
Apply for Summer STEM internship.
This article lists some major summer internship opportunities. Most are highly selective. Strong software development skill, such as level III+ in Algorithms in C/C++, and excellent academic standing will be very helpful. Some are cost-free, and even paid-internship.
This is an online platform for high schoolers to publish manuscripts in the fields of natural sciences, physical sciences, engineering, and social sciences. This is subject to peer-review. If your paper leans towards more in science research, this will be a good one to submit. early. Usual submission deadline is in October for each academic year. Only approved copy will be published.
Cornell Archived Journal.
"arXiv" (pronounced as "archive") is owned and operated by Cornell University. This is an open-access journal platform. The site that allows all publications with 3 referrals. It has been recommended to me that you should submit your paper to this site before the CJSJ; as your paper will be more likely to receive feedback.
The Conrad Challenge - Like other science fair, students submit their prototype creations/ideas to solve a problem using science and techology. Unlike other science fair, it encourages project-based, not theoretical tasks, and entrepreneurship.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. This is the nation’s highest honors for high school students. However, you will need to be nominated first. You should consult your school counsellor regarding this opportunity.