Summer of STEM

July 08, 2013 in Community

School is out for the summer, but that didn’t stop more than six hundred students from continuing to learn. Intrigued by science, technology, engineering and math, these students gathered at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. for the academy’s annual summer STEM camp.

The six-year-old program aims to inspire young students to consider science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, related careers.

Mark Murray, an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy, says being able to spend a week at a time with groups of students allows for total immersion in STEM activities. “You take students that have a sprout of interest, and now we’re able to develop them, to fertilize that, and maybe now they really have that ability and desire going into college.”

Thanks to the support of several partners, the program continues to grow each year. Boeing’s Executive Focal for the Naval Academy, Maureen Cragin, who’s also an academy graduate, says STEM programs like this one are crucial. “Both the Navy and Boeing are focused on building leaders and engineers for the future, and we have a great interest in developing students in the math and science area, and helping them get into careers in this field.”