It’s that time again. I know a lot of you are looking for Chicago STEM camps, but if you want a unique experience that will not only be fun, but (I’m guessing) will also help your teen stand out in the college admissions process, be sure to look into the USNA STEM Camp. The Summer STEM Program at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland is accepting applications though April 15, 2016. The son of a Maker Mom reader attended a couple of year ago and reportedly had a blast at the camp.
The US Naval Academy Summer STEM camps are offered for rising 9th -11th graders. The application includes not only basic questions about academic background, but about physical ability as well. (Note that as of posting time, the application page does not appear to be secure, as in it’s not “https,” so I’d be cautious before entering all the personal info requested on the page.) These are selective programs which aim to bring together a diverse group of participants from across the US.
According to their brochure, topics such as Energy and Light, Infrastructure, Transportation and Cybersecurity, Environmental Challenges, Flight and Fluids, Automation, Simulation and Modeling, Biometrics and Robotics will be covered in ways that allows for hands-on participation.
Parents must cover the cost of transportation to BWI or the Naval Academy in addition to the $550 approximate cost for the program, which covers meals, housing and materials. This is more twice the price it was a couple of years ago. I’m told it’s not a taxpayer supported program, so maybe that’s why tuition keeps rising steeply.