SAME Camps Update, July 30, 2020
The SAME Virtual STEM Camp at the USNA is off to a great week. Campers have been been meeting with USNA faculty all week to hear about different STEM concepts and receive their daily activity instructions. During the week, they have also been meeting with a corps of SAME mentors providing activity and career guidance. Thanks to the SAME posts, mentor volunteers, and USNA STEM Center and USNA Office of Admissions faculty and staff who have worked diligently to provide an excellent virtual STEM experience.
SAME Camps Update, July 13, 2020
SAME Announces First Virtual STEM Camp
In Collaboration with the US Naval Academy
Made Possible by a Network of Sponsoring Posts
In May, SAME and the Camps COI had to make the unfortunate decision to cancel the 2020 camps season in response to the COVID19 virus. There were simply too many variables to consider to keep the campers, staff, mentors, and other volunteers safe and healthy to stay open. Fortunately, SAME and the Camps COI quickly regrouped to identify an alternative.
For the past two months, SAME has had the pleasure of working with the STEM Center at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) to design and conduct the first Virtual STEM Camp. The SAME Virtual STEM Camp at USNA is not meant as a substitute for the Engineering & Construction camps originally planned. But we are thankful to still be able to provide campers a chance to explore STEM themes and activities this summer.
The virtual program will run from July 27-31, 2020. During this experience, campers will participate in live classroom sessions with USNA faculty, officer-led seminars on science disciplines, and a virtual tour of the Smithsonian museums, closing with a judged STEM competition. Breakout groups will help connect campers to a corps of SAME mentors throughout the week.
Due to other camp or work commitments, not all the E&C campers are able to attend the virtual STEM camp, but over 160 campers will be joining the US Naval Academy the last week of July.
This virtual camp experience is being offered FREE of charge to all the campers that were part of our Engineering & Construction camp selection process thanks to the generous support of the following SAME Posts:
||Ft. Leonard Wood
||New York Capital District
||New York City
This year, Posts are sponsoring the camp, versus specific campers. However, we are matching all the campers to a “sponsoring” Post so they can still conduct any local engagement with their campers as in previous summers. Even though sponsorship funds are not being used as one-to-one camper sponsorships, Posts should still feel attached to your campers. They are still able to attend because of their aggregated support.
THANK YOU to all the sponsoring Posts!!
If you have questions, please contact Eddie Gonzalez, Camps Program Manager.
SAME has been supporting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) events for over 30 years and conducting camps for almost 20 years.
Our camps are world-class and feature a very impressive record of producing thousands of engineers and STEM leaders. They provide a rigorous experience for students interested in exploring STEM skills and careers. Campers gain a sense of what it takes to become a STEM professional and what options exist to explore that interest from high school to college and beyond. Each camp has a unique curriculum that generally features hands-on activities conducted in a competitive environment that promote teamwork, leadership, project management, and problem solving.
Campers are supervised by mentors made up of professional engineers, engineering students, military personnel, educators, and other STEM professionals. These mentors are committed to inspiring campers to pursue STEM in college. Mentors are also resources for the campers, providing long-term connections for our alumni.
Download the 2020 Camps flyer