STEM vs Get It Camp

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  1. Deo volente

    Deo volente New Member

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    I have an eighth grade daughter who is interested in the sciences, especially physic and chem. I have home-schooled her the past three years and she will be attending a prep school near Philadelphia this Fall, 2012. She has expressed interest in the STEM program for rising ninth graders at USNA and the Get-It camp is there also...can anyone tell me the distinct differences between these two programs? Any info would be appreciated...thanks!
     
  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    Here's the URL for the STEM program:
    http://www.usna.edu/admissions/stem.html

    And here's the URL for GET it Camp:
    http://www.usna.edu/STEM/activities.htm

    I didn't read thru the materials but from a quick glance the STEM program seemed more intensive while the GET it Camp is aimed at smaller groups of girls only.
     
  3. navy2016

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    STEM itself is kind of a new program (at least compared to NASS- a SEAL they brought in actually told us he attended NASS back in the day!); I never heard about Get-it.

    I attended STEM 2 years ago and it actually helped me secure my decision to want to attend USNA. It was more of a fun science camp but I got a lot more interaction time with mids than at NASS. I am not sure if they track the number of STEM attendees that end up as mids, but several of those I met and stayed in contact with will also be within me in the Class of 2016. STEM is not really a USNA recruiting program but most of those attending had interest in USNA.
     
  4. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    I attended NASS back in the summer of 1983 (different name then) so it's been around for awhile! :eek:

    I would strongly recommend applying to both. STEM is very selective - they only take (at least last I knew a couple summers ago) 125 kids per session (grade level) and that's from the entire country so it's hard to get into, especially if you live on the East Coast and/or aren't a minority (which was the initial focus of the program). I would also recommend the Navy sports camps if she is looking for life behind the scenes and interacting with mids.

    If you have any questions about STEM, feel free to PM me - my son went in 2010 (as a rising sophomore).
     
  5. 1964BGO

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    Another program that has been developed by the Department of the Navy that should be of interest to USNA prospects is SEAP (Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Programs).
    This program is an internship type program that is available at approximately 50 Navy installations across the country, including USNA. Unfortunately the programs application phase for 2012 closed about two weeks ago, but it sounds like a great opportunity. It is a paid 8 week program; stipend for first timers is about $3,150, and rises to $3,680 for repeaters. It is available to rising 10th graders through graduating seniors. Must be a US citizen to participate. More information is available at www.seap.asee.org. I just learned of this program's existence, and am amazed that it seems to be so far below the horizon. Some of the sites used are medical, weapons, aviation, etc. Check it out for yourselves - might be good for next year.
     
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    It appears that last year's program accomodated 245 participants.
     
  7. Deo volente

    Deo volente New Member

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    Update and thanks

    Thanks everyone for the advice. I helped my daughter with the STEM application and she submitted it yesterday. I'll see what happens. She has great grades in an advanced ninth-grade curriculum, good activites, Girl Scouts, volunteer, science fair, athletic competitions, etc. Also,I called the Mechancial Engineering Dept at USNA and the Get-it Camp is a day camp, usually drawing junior high girls from a 50-mile radius...so that is out for us since we live near Philadelphia. I know that our State University has an engineering and science summer camp for middle school girls and she has expressed some interest in that also.
    This is my daughter's first attempt...I am just proud that she wants to try and compete. Thanks again!
     

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