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Summer STEM Program

  POSTED ON: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 12:00 AM by Angela Moran

"I loved meeting my squad and going to the modules," expressed one attendee. Another stated that "I liked learning about different career fields and increasing my knowledge of STEM."  From another student came the comment, "I liked being able to do independent, hands-on, relevant STEM modules as well as getting a further look into opportunities in the military."

These comments were captured during the USNA Office of Admissions and the STEM Center annual Summer STEM Program, a week-long residential program for high school students from around the country, held at the U.S. Naval Academy. About 870 rising 9th through 11th grade students attended hands-on academic modules covering a diverse range of Navy-relevant STEM topics.

Campers explored 18 different STEM modules with engaging, hands-on activities used to introduce students to STEM career fields and real world applications, while developing their technical and problem-solving skills. Each of the modules and activities were designed and led by about 30 USNA faculty and staff with instructional support from academic midshipmen who facilitated the sessions.

Academic modules exposed students to advanced applications in a wide scope of subject areas with topics including chemistry, light waves, operations research, weather and climate, cyber security, electronics and circuits, flight, materials characterization, ocean engineering, helicopter technology, oceanography, math applications, robotics, bioterrorism, engineering design, and more.

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