Naval Academy STEM program

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  1. C/B Lattanzio

    C/B Lattanzio Prospective

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    Hey All.

    My question is if the Naval Academy's STEM camp is worth it, Because On the website all I see are little children, and as a 10th grader I just wonder if it's "at my level" of learning.

    -Thanks, Lattanzio
     
  2. time2

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    The STEM program is for those from 8th through 11th grades. The brochure online show the dates your would attend are based on what grade you are in, so you would be attending with those who are in the same grade as you. Not sure where you see 'little children' in any of the pictures. ... http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/86907-USNA Stem Bro Rev 1-16 LO_RES.pdf
     
  3. C/B Lattanzio

    C/B Lattanzio Prospective

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    Thanks! for some reason I haven't found that link!
     
  4. navy2016

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    It is definitely worth it. It convinced me that I had to spend my summers at USNA. It allowed me to view the academic aspect of the academy, meet future classmates, and learn from talking with mids. I heard it is really competitive now to get into STEM

    summer of:
    10th grade-stem
    11th- NASS
    12th- plebe summer/ a plebe now
     
  5. Jason922

    Jason922 Future USNA Candidate '20

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    What competitive are you talking about?
    I am an HS freshman trying to get into Summer STEM this year, I have a 3.88 GPA right now, and participating in Wrestling at school. I also plan to do track. :thumb:
     
  6. 1964BGO

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    Most of the summer programs at USNA are highly subscribed thereby requiring a selection process to pick those applicants who will awarded slots for the programs. In addition to STEM which has been very popular, I'd suggest you look at the possibility of attending the NAVY wrestling camp next summer as a plan B. Check navysports.com and select CAMPS for more information. Best wishes.

    BTW, have you started preparing for the SAT/ACT exams? I would recommend doing so now so that you will have time to maximize your scores.
     
  7. Jason922

    Jason922 Future USNA Candidate '20

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    Thanks for letting me know about that, I thought the camps were only for upperclassmen/college guys.
     
  8. Beaz

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    Go. My Son has been the last four summers. Each Summer he learns new things. Folks who do not put much faith in the STEM Program are usually the ones who don't go.
     
  9. USNA2016Dad

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    Great Advice

    I concur with your advice sir. My son went to STEM and wrestling technique camp one summer and the next summer, NASS and SEAL wrestling camp. He felt he could not get too much exposure to USNA because he always saw and learned something while there. The instruction he received from the wrestling camps enabled him to become team captain his senior year, allowing him to gain leadership experience USNA likes to see in a candidate.
    Go Navy!
     
  10. gbo3

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    my daughter attended STEM as an 8th grader and returned this past summer as an 11 grader. She stuck around for rowing camp.

    she loved it and is planning to return for NASS this summer.

    --must add, the first couple years of STEM was no cost, USNA even covered airfare. But like everything else now, they need to cover costs and there is a fee to attend, but its still worth it.--
     
  11. Vista123

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    The STEM brochure states that eligibility is based on PSAT, SAT or ACT scores. What about 8th graders who do not take these tests yet?
     
  12. Jason922

    Jason922 Future USNA Candidate '20

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    Vista I am also wondering about it. I'm going to apply the day it opens up but I do not know about the eligibility of Freshmen.

    Also, for the Wrestling Camp / STEM, do you have to go there with your parents? If I do go, I'll be going alone as my parents do not have the money to stay in Annapolis for a week.
     
  13. Bear-

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    Jason-

    I applied last year as a Freshman, and was rejected. I did not have test scores, and I think this was a contributing factor to the rejection, as well as >3200 people are applying for around 350 spots. I have a 4.0 uw, honors math and science, leadership experience etc., but I didn't have anything to differentiate myself from the other exceptional candidates. Test scores are something that can do that. Make sure you knock your short answer essays out of the park to. I'm also applying and am waiting for my PSAT scores from this fall.
     
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  14. Jason922

    Jason922 Future USNA Candidate '20

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    The problem is- I don't get to take tests. Taking the PSAT at our school is reserved for sophmores and up only.
     
  15. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    ^^^

    No one expects freshman to have taken the PSAT. Unfortunately, there are far fewer STEM slots than applicants. Thus, USNA has to make cuts. I don't know how they decide but I would assume they want representation from throughout the US.
     
  16. Jason922

    Jason922 Future USNA Candidate '20

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    I'm curious, a question for anyone who has been there.
    What is it like? Just random stuff such as bedding, food, what you learn. I'm curious as to what to expect. Unless you guys want to be bad friends and just say "You'll see if/when you get there." =(
     
  17. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    You live in Bancroft. All bunks are upper bunks. There are 2-4 to a room. I believe you're required to bring your own sheets. Bancroft is now air-conditioned, which is much nicer than in my day. There is a shower and sink in every room. Bathrooms are down the hall.

    Food is served in King Hall, which is where the mids eat. Breakfast is the usual. There is a menu for each lunch and dinner. I think most mids would say that food is decent (not great/not terrible). When you're only there for a week, it's more than adequate. You can buy snacks in the MidStore.

    I defer to a STEM alumnus/alumna re what you learn.
     
  18. Jason922

    Jason922 Future USNA Candidate '20

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    Thanks USNA, I hope I make it in this year!
     

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