The Naval Academy’s Summer STEM Program is a highly competitive, week-long residential camp designed for rising eighth – eleventh grade students who demonstrate athletic ability, leadership and advanced academic standing with an aptitude in math and science. From an application pool of more than 6,000 students nationwide, 24 rising eighth graders were selected to participate in this summer’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program.

Sam Mosby, a student at Van Alstyne Middle School, was one of those few selected.

Activities that Mosby and his follow Academy-goers participated in included a midshipmen-escorted tour of the National Air and Space Museum, the study of engineering disasters such as the Titanic and Ford Pinto, and classes focusing on biometrics, computers and coding, cryptography, electronics, forensics and robotics.

The United States Naval Academy gives students the opportunity to experience real-life applications of math and science principles through hands-on practical learning. Students learn from distinguished Naval Academy professors in Annapolis’s world-class lab facilities that provide a unique learning environment outside the traditional classroom. The Academy’s current students, known as Midshipmen, run the Summer STEM Program and act as counselors and tutors to students.

The week-long camp culminated in a Technology Fair, in which campers were able to display their individual STEM projects for midshipmen, professors, parents and the Annapolis community. During the week, Mosby demonstrated aptitude for underwater and submarine engineering, culminating his week with a robotics project display.