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  POSTED ON: Thursday, February 21, 2019 9:13 AM by Maddie Darbie

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Applications are now being accepted through April 15 for the U.S. Naval Academy Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Program. The Summer STEM Program is held in three sessions: June 3-8 for rising 9th graders; June 10-15 for rising 10th graders; and June 17-21 for rising 11th graders.

The Summer STEM Program is an overnight academic program designed for rising 9th-11th grade students in good academic standing, who have a keen interest in science, technology, engineering and math. The STEM 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 of the traditional classroom. The academy’s current students, called midshipmen, help run the Summer STEM program and act as mentors to the participants.  

Participating students will have the opportunity to work on various projects including engineering; programming and building an autonomous robot; using lasers to study the wave nature of light; building an aquatic habitat to examine marine life; and designing, building and flying a rocket or glider.

Tuition for Summer STEM is $550 and covers room and board, as well as a variety of materials and activities. Students should plan on bringing extra cash for snacks and souvenirs. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Need-based scholarships are available for tuition and/or travel expenses.

Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service. More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects like small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, leadership, ethics and military law. Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a tax-payer funded Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

For more information about the Summer STEM Program and the application process, visit or call 410-293-1858. Applicants will be notified of their application status by May 1.

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