Even though several of us are still shivering with bitter cold temperatures, snow, strong gusty winds, and occasional sunshine, it is not too early to start thinking about summer enrichment programs. If you have been following me on Twitter and reading my Examiner articles this school year, you are familiar with some opportunities that have already started, and possibly closed, their 2013 registration. Therefore, urgency is a necessity to get considered for many summer programs.
Most students associate the US Naval Academy with a focus on engineering, which also connects with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). If you are already motivated and want to enhance your analytical aptitude with a concentration in these areas, you should consider this program. Or, perhaps you are an energetic teen who has a curiosity about the US Naval Academy and its prospect as a college option; if so, here is your chance to explore the campus.
I know many students are hesitant to risk a new experience, for fear of failure. Summer enrichment programs are not designed to promote failure; instead, they enhance a learning experience that presents endless possibilities. They are structured programs that encourage academic, social and personal development for elementary, middle and high school students. Imagine the opportunity to meet students from different geographic, ethnic, religious, intellectual, talent, and learning backgrounds.
I have always been an advocate for summer enrichment programs, professionally with my students and as a parent. Both sons were asked about their summer enrichment experiences on several college applications. And, from personal experience, my parents enrolled me in programs from elementary through high school. Many were residential, which enabled me to gain independence at an early age. I still communicate with several friends I met, after all these years, and though we’ve aged, we can still recollect our positive experiences.
If you have a tendency to be skeptical, cautious, hesitant, and uncomfortable with new experiences, perhaps this is the time to “think outside the box,” and try something new. Growing up for teens can be scary, which all adults can identify. However, the rite of passage can be more easily accomplished by taking on a challenge.
Review the information provided for the two US Naval Academy’s 2013 Summer Programs. The Summer Seminar is specifically for students who have completed eleventh grade. However, the STEM Program is open to grades 8-11, for next school year, as a worthy learning experience. Be sure to submit your application promptly.
The United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school.
2013 Summer Seminar Dates:
Session 1: 1-6 June
Session 2: 8-13 June
Session 3: 15-20 June
Summer STEM Program:
Curious about engineering? Are you interested in conducting experiments in a high speed wind tunnel or bringing a robot to life? The Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Program may be for you.
2013 Summer STEM Dates:
Session 1 (Rising 8th & 9th Graders): 3-8 June
Session 2 (Rising 10th Graders): 10-15 June
Session 3 (Rising 11th Graders): 17-21 June