Thursday, February 18, 2010

Naval Academy Accepting Application for STEM Camp

A midshipman instructs a student during the 2009 STEM program. Applications are now being accepted through April 1 for the Naval Academy’s Summer STEM Program 2010. U.S. Navy photo by Gin Kai.
Applications are now being accepted through April 1 for the Naval Academy’s Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Program 2010.

The academy’s Summer STEM Program is a 6-day academic camp designed for rising 8th-11th grade students in good academic standing who have an interest in math and science. The camp is held in three sessions: June 7-12 for rising 8th-9th graders, June 14-19 for rising 10th graders and June 21-26 for rising 11th graders.

The program gives students the opportunity to experience real-life applications of math and science principles through hands-on practical learning. Students will learn from distinguished Naval Academy professors in world-class lab facilities that provide a unique learning environment outside the traditional classroom and apply the concepts they have learned toward design challenges and team-building competitions.

Each week culminates in a technology fair where students pick one of the camp topics and demonstrate their ownership of the technology for parents, teachers and friends.

‘‘I learned a lot that I would never learn in my old schools,” said Gabriela Say, an 11-year-old from Orlando, Fla., who attended the summer program in 2009. ‘‘They taught us you can have fun and be serious at the same time.”

Academy midshipmen help run the Summer STEM Program and act as camp counselors and tutors to students.

Approximately 375 total students from around the U.S. will be accepted to STEM. All students selected to participate will receive a full scholarship to attend this academic summer program, but will be responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the Naval Academy.

For more information about the Summer STEM Program and the application process, visit http:⁄⁄www.usna.edu⁄Admissions⁄stem.html or call (410) 293-1858. Applicants will be notified of their application status in the month of May.