STEM- any more info

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  1. navy2016

    navy2016 Member

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    Ever since receiving the acceptance letter, I have not yet recieved any information regarding what to bring, etc, only a notification to email in my itinerary.

    anyone out there with any info?
     
  2. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    You should have gotten the website link that lists everything to bring. Which wasn't very specific like the NASS one was. Basically clothes for the week, things like that! I sent my son's email confirmation with the info on his flights and asked a few questions and got a reply back on that (pretty much said to have him look for the officers once he left the secure area). Also just got an email about a week ago asking us to send our flight information, but it said that if you already had, to disregard the message. That's it on what we've heard!

    If you didn't get the link for those selected (or if you lost it), just send me a PM and I can send it to you. I just checked the list and it said "Your child will need to bring clothing to sustain them for six days to include athletic wear". It also says:

    2-3 Towels
    Set of twin size bed linens or sleeping bag
    Pillow/pillowcase
    Toiletries
    Running shoes
    Swimsuit
    Travel Alarm Clock
    Anything needed if you wish to participate in the talent show
    Combination/key lock

    Are you going to the session for rising juniors? My son will be going to the one for rising sophomores, leaving June 14th. Hoping to hear back from anyone going to the first session before he goes!
     
  3. JustDoIt

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    Marciemi- I'll be going to the session for rising sophomores. Maybe I'll run into your son! :smile:
     
  4. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    He'll be the one in the USAFA Soccer t-shirt! :wink: Really! If you'd like to try to meet him (or figure out which kid he is), just send me a PM and I can give you more info. It's only 125 kids, so the odds are that you'll run into each other at some point!
     
  5. JustDoIt

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    Sounds good. I'll send you a PM in a moment.
    I'm super excited for it. Hopefully it will be a good experience. Anything that isn't on the list that you'd recommend bringing? (camera, phone?, etc) ? Thanks!
     
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  6. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    Son will definitely be bringing both of those things (I don't think he could live without his phone! :wink: ). We pretty much followed the packing list. Oh, remember a charger for the phone - my oldest son knew several people at NASS last year who forgot that critical element! Maybe a bit of junk food just in case you don't like any of the meals (that wasn't a problem last year) or in case you get stuck at an airport (that was!). I don't think STEM is quite as physical as NASS so we don't have the 12+ pairs of underwear/socks that his older brother does. But on the other hand, I don't think you'll get issued as much stuff, so he's sure to have enough clothes for every day for sports & class. This is a fairly new program - I really haven't seen anyone here posting who's done it so it will be interesting to find out exactly what it includes!
     
  7. SAMom

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    My son is attending the June 14th session as well!!! He is at JROTC summer camp comes home for one day and off to USNA!!!
     
  8. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    My son is going out to a Phantom Drum Corps International percussion camp this weekend. I pick him up Sunday night and we're just staying at a hotel near the airport rather than driving 2.5 hours home since he has a 6am flight on Monday! So I have him packed for both events and he can sleep & shower at the hotel!

    SAMom - USNA called me again today for the third time asking for his travel arrangements (and I've provided them twice by email and once by phone, all of which they've confirmed at the time). Anyway, while I had her on the phone, I did ask for an emergency cell number just in case anything comes up (he can't find the mids, his flight gets cancelled coming home at the last minute, we need to reach him). If you'd like it, just PM me (don't want to post it here). She also mentioned they need long pants and closed toe shoes for the chem lab.

    Hope they all have fun!
     
  9. Suzie

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    My son is currently at the STEM program, Session #1 and we did not receive any additional info except that he should bring long pants and closed toe shoes. Check-in was a breeze, I walked with him and a USNA "guide" to Bancroft Hall and said goodbye...and he was off!!

    I am staying in Annapolis until June 15th, my older son is doing a Navy Swim Camp. So if anyone needs anything just let me know!!

    Marciemi - That is so cool that he is going to a Phantom Regiment drum camp....my middle son, the one at STEM, is also in percussion. One thing our kids will have an advantage at is marching.......I was walking around after I dropped my son off at STEM and was watching all the NASS kids doing marching:eek:......band kids will definitely have one up on them:wink: They know how to March!!!!!:thumb: LOL

    Suzie
     
  10. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    Thanks Suzie! I have my middle son flying out to NASS on Saturday, then youngest to STEM on Monday. Hope you don't get a frantic PM from me if they can't find their way! Interesting you've heard of DCI - not many people he's found outside of band have. He made the age cutoff for this camp by 8 days (and would make it to travel next summer by the same amount) so he's pretty excited about it. They audition in December and he's hoping to make it into Phantom or Cavaliers (actually his first choice, but he couldn't make their camp due to a soccer tournament that weekend).

    Have you heard anything from your son at STEM? I'll be interested in anything you (and everyone else) has to post afterwards since my son isn't the most talkative and I'm really curious what they do!
     
  11. navy2016

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    finally got in contact with usna stem

    everything should be straight now
    thanks
     
  12. Suzie

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    No Problem!!!... My youngest son (I have 3 boys) is here with me and we go over to the academy everyday and take a walk..... we always hope to see the STEM kids, but never have....we do see the NASS kids and they seem like they are having a good time....they don't look stressed at all!

    My son's high school band had an assistant who was in Phantom Regiment and the band director always takes them to the DCI show when it comes to Kentucky....I love going, they are just amazing. That is awesome that your son is going to try out.....what a great experience, I hope he makes it!

    Your're from Wisconsin right?? I grew up in Grafton, WI and my husband grew up in Greenfield, WI.....We lived all our lives there and then he got a job in Kentucky in 1999 and we have been here every since.....but we are still Cheeseheads:shake: Our youngest son is named Brett.....yes born in Wisconsin during the Farve years!!!
     
  13. JustDoIt

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    Tomorrow session 2 for STEM starts! I'm doing a few last minute packing things, double checking everything. Any last minute things people recommend?

    Marciemi - could you PM me the emergency cell number? That would probably be a good thing to have with my luck. :redface:
     
  14. marciemi

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    My son is in the photo of the table that says page 14...he had a blast!!!
     
  16. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    Didn't end up with pics of either kid :frown:. Hopefully I'll do better with Waldo watching with son #1 who flies out to AF tomorrow!

    My youngest son didn't actually like STEM. His answers to all my questions were that it was boring or that they didn't do much of anything. Thought they were "babied" too much - couldn't go anywhere or do anything on their own. I think some of it was coming right from his percussion camp which was mostly older HS and college age kids where they were totally free when they weren't drumming and just had a midnight curfew. Incidentally he had an absolute blast at that camp and wouldn't stop talking about everything he learned and all the cool stuff they did. For STEM I had to pull everything out of him and got mostly one word answers.

    Particularly surprising since his older brother absolutely loved the same week of NASS. Headed out not sure at all of an academy and came home convinced that it's his #1 choice. Took until day 2 to get the text saying "I hate to admit it, but I'm loving this place!" He thought all his classes were incredibly cool and was just amazed at the facilities there - particularly the chemistry and math departments. Also thought it was a beautiful campus, met a lot of great people, and just had SO much fun. He got home and he and my oldest (who had also loved NASS last summer) were up until midnight talking and comparing stories.

    However, it sounds like everyone else I've emailed or talked to on these board have kids who loved STEM so evidently my youngest just isn't as interested in this as he is percussion at this point!
     
  17. JustDoIt

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    I actually thought that STEM was pretty awesome. I could understand that they don't let us walk around, seeing as it is the US Naval Academy. There were only a few classes that weren't that great, but still beneficial. I definitely gained a better idea of what the Academy is about.
     

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