Posted by: Jacqui Murray | March 21, 2013


Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), is a week-long, overnight camp at USNA each June. It is available to students who are currently in the 7th-10th grades. Applications close April 15th. All applicants are notified by May 1st.

Here’s information from the USNA website:

2008 Summer STEM Program group photo

Engineering is all about creating, building, and making things better! So what does it take to be an engineer? If you like math and science, you are off to a great start. If you enjoy discovering new things, solving problems, and learning how things work – even better! Creativity, persistence, and the desire to make the world a better place are also important qualities. Becoming an engineer requires hard work and a good education. Our summer program will be a great start to your career in science and engineering.

The schedule:

Monday: Travel and Check-in

Tuesday: Air and Space Museum/DC Tour

Wednesday – Friday: Stem modules and presentations (Students will visit all science and technology majors at the US Naval Academy)

Saturday: Open House and Demonstrations–Share your new skills with your parents and friends. End the week by putting your projects on display.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the USNA Summer STEM Program!

  1. Gain exposure to the number five ‘Best Undergraduate Engineering Program’ in the country, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.
  2. Spend time in world-class lab facilities that provide a unique learning environment outside the traditional classroom.
  3. Experience real-life application of math and science principles through hands on practical learning.
  4. Meet like-minded students who share a similar interest in technology and engineering.
  5. Because a short time at STEM can inspire a lifetime of learning!!!

Eligibility Requirements

The Naval Academy Summer STEM Program is offered to rising 8th-11th Graders. Students must demonstrate superior academic performance to include GPA, class standing, and/or strong PSAT, SAT or ACT results.  Selection is based in large part on ensuring geographic representation along with overall accomplishments in and out of the classroom.  Application will close April 15th.  All applicants will be notified of their status by May 1st.   

Tuition and Expenses

All students selected to participate will be required to provide a nominal fee of approximately $200 which will include room and board, meals, as well as a variety of materials. Plan on bringing extra cash for snacks and souvenirs.

Each student is responsible for arranging transportation to and from the Naval Academy. Those flying commercial air should make arrangements to arrive at Baltimore-Washington International airport (BWI) between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Day 1 of the program, and depart after 3:00 p.m. on the last day of the program. Buses and midshipmen escorts will be on hand to get you to and from the Academy and BWI.

More information? View the Summer STEM website!

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular  Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman.  She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, an ISTE article reviewer, a weekly contributor to Write Anything and mother of a Naval Officer and an Army grunt. Currently, she’s seeking representation for a military thriller that she just finished. Any ideas? Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.



  1. My son was wait listed for this summer. Fingers and toes are crossed!

    • I will send positive thoughts his direction. What an experience!

      • That’s what we have been told! Do you have any idea how many students are typically pulled from the list? USNA told me there are less than 30 on the wait list. So hoping!!!!!

      • It varies considerably year-to-year. You’ll find out soon. Let me know how it goes.

      • Then I have another question. :). Do you know when kids typically find out? This wait is tough, but hopefully worth it by receiving good news. :).
        His goal is to attend the USNA and is working DILIGENTLY to do so.

      • He might not hear until just days before. They accept until they’re full. He could also hear weeks before. There is no real norm. Which, as a USNA-aspirant, is what he’ll experience applying for/attending the Academy. ‘Semper Gumbi’ is the motto!

      • Thanks for the wisdoms. By the way, he bought your book 6 months ago. Thanks for writing it!

      • My pleasure. I wish him best of luck (and lots of hard work)!

  2. HE GOT IN!

    • Well isn’t that great news to kick off the weekend. Congrats!

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