My son started his journey to entering the Academy like so many other there was a lot of not knowing, researching, and doing what he needed to get himself in the position he is today. He is waiting like the other very lucky candidates that have made it to this point. As he went through this process my daughter (8th grade) took some interest. In June she meet some / saw some mids (a girl thing...can't explain that one) and then watched her brother walk off to NASS. Not to be left without knowing the questions started with hey Dad... With that I mentioned to here that there was a STEM program for kids her age. She had some experience with this in 7th grade, she was one of a select few to be invited to a one day STEM program. When she got home she looked into Academy STEM program and found it interesting. Fast forward 8 months. Yesterday she asked for help finding the application for the Academy STEM program and from that point she took the lead and filled it out. She said that the one thing that will hold her back from going is if her brother does not get accepted. I told her that it was a bridge that she would need to cross when & / or if she is selected. And so it begins... We shall see if it the passion continues over the next few years and if it does you all will no the rest of the story.