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NEWS | Dec. 11, 2013

Naval Academy science program seeks young students

By Lt. Teng Ooi, PhD, U.S. Naval Academy and Capt. Linda Beltra, MD, Medical Corps, U.S.N.

Each year in June, the United States Naval Academy launches a summer Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program to expose young people to STEM concepts and technologies.

The United States Naval Academy's 2014 Summer STEM Program is designed to encourage eighth-11th graders to pursue a course of study in STEM-related subjects throughout high school, college, and beyond.

The aim is to integrate STEM-focused concepts across the curriculum and pave the way for students to succeed academically in mathematics and science and help put them on a path towards successful STEM careers. An effective and practical way to stimulate student interest in STEM is to show how mathematics and science are applied to create exciting technologies.

The 2014 STEM program will showcase the latest in technological advances in a wide variety of science and engineering topics to include energy and light, infrastructure, transportation, cybersecurity, environmental challenges, flight and fluids, automation, simulation and modeling, biometrics and robotics.

Students are able to participate in project-based modules using a hands-on, real-world approach to solving design and analysis problems in the Naval Academy's world-class laboratory facilities. This unique learning environment promotes engineering "habits of mind" such as systems thinking, optimization, innovation, creativity, and team work. It exposes students to a problem-based environment, outside the traditional classroom.
The 2014 Summer STEM Program will be a great start to your career in science and engineering. Applications open Jan. 6, 2014 at www.usna.edu/admissions/stem.

Session dates include June 2-7 for rising eighth and ninth graders; June 9-14 for rising 10th graders; and June 16-20 for rising 11th graders.