The Naval Academy hosts a number of activities that involve STEM. They include:
Science and Engineering Faculty Members and the Admissions Office host this success oriented, project-based curriculum for rising 9th, 10th and 11th graders.
Camps are held each June and are one week in duration. Three camp sessions are scheduled with 200-250 students per session. This is an overnight camp, with students staying in Bancroft Hall.
The 2014 Camp Theme was "Land, Air and Sea: Exploring Navy Technology on All Fronts". Campers from diverse backgrounds and from around the country participated in a wide range of activities, including: optimizing hull design, building circuits, visiting the biometrics lab, cryptography, 3D simulation, storm chasing, the physics of light, robotics, and much more.
Of our Summer STEM Camp alumni polled in 2013,
- 93% said the program increased their interest in studying STEM
- 96% said the program taught them how STEM applies to real-world problems
- 95% said the program helped them to better understand what scientists & engineers do
- 92% said the program helped them to better understand their own career goals
- 91% said the program made them more confident in their ability to succeed in STEM
The STEM Office hosts several STEM events just for middle-school age girls throughout the year.
Girls-Only Summer Camp
A program developed by female engineering faculty at USNA to encourage Middle School girls to consider engineering as a career. The week-long summer day camp includes design challenges and competition, team building, hands-on activities, tours of labs and research areas, and networking with professional female engineers. The theme for Summer 2014 was "Design Like Da Vinci".
Girls-Only STEM workshops
One-day workshops are offered during the year for middle-school age girls, where students participate in a variety of hands-on STEM activities, and interact with female USNA faculty and midshipmen.
Upcoming events: Girls Only STEM Day, March 2014
High Schools are invited to send small groups of students to visit USNA for an overnight visit or a long weekend.
Science and engineering midshipmen lead the students on tours of the engineering and lab spaces. Students spend time engaged in interactive science and engineering activities, such as experiments in the wind tunnel, learning to use the electron microscope to look at nano-particles, or programming robots.
This program is geared towards local Middle School Students.
The Advanced Study Program is sponsored and funded by the Anne Arundel County Board of Education's Advanced Co-curricular Advanced Programs Office. The program consists of advanced studies in mathematics, computer applications, engineering, and the sciences for grades six through twelve.
Fall and Spring sessions are held during the school year and are open to public school students only. Over a two week period, 4-5 sessions are held in the evenings at USNA with a focus on project-based learning. Engineering courses have included Underwater Search with SeaPerch, Build Your Own, and Simple Machines/Complex Robots.
Summer sessions are open to non-public school students. Application forms are available on the Anne Arundel County Public Schools website for Advanced Co-Curricular Study Programs. Get the form here.
The elementary school showcase is held in May in collaboration with the Office of Naval Research and Anne Arundel County Public Schools. The middle school and high school regional competition is held each spring at USNA.
As part of after school clubs, students build SeaPerch underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to launch in the USNA Hydro Lab tow tanks. Students, parents, and teachers rotate through hands-on activities in the USNA laboratories to augment the science and technology lessons learned during the kit building process.
Check out an autonomous SeaPerch that is being developed at USNA.
Learn more about SeaPerch.
SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Dates: