The Academy's various programs range from those for grade school-age children to those for college-age young adults. We administer a variety of programs and scholarship awards, and are especially interested in involving those coming from under-privileged circumstances who would otherwise not be exposed to careers in the sciences, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). We administer symposia and fairs where youth can display and be recognized for their creative efforts. We support teachers with program guides and curricula. We connect mentors to eager apprentices. Please, help us help your son or daughter to get involved and explore their options in one of the vital STEM fields.
A quick overview of our programs:
Understand that while the Academy sponsors and is actively involved in it's three core programs (Young Inventors' Program®, Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, and the Research Engineering Apprenticeship Program), we also administer the scholarships, awards, and internships that are provided to hundreds of local, regional and state science and engineering fairs that are held annually through programs like the Army Educational Outreach Program, the Naval Science Awards Program, and the ECybermission Internship Program.
Youth aged 5 through 14 (grade 8):
YOUNG INVENTORS PROGRAM® (currently available in New Hampshire, parts of Nevada, New York and Massachusetts.) The Academy sponors a yearly fair and awards celebration in Penacook, New Hampshire every March. Children in classrooms that do not participate in the Young Inventors' Program or who are home-schooled children are welcome to participate. (HOW?) If you live in a state or region where the program is not sponsored by a school, you can take advantage of teaching and inspiring your child with the inventive process. Download the Meant to Invent! Teachers Guide and...?? (Yes. No? talk to your local school?)
High School Students (14 through 18): We have several programs that provide opportunity and scholarship monies to students who wish to explore careers in engineering, math, the sciences, research and techology. They are...
JUNIOR SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES SYMPOSIUM—Student participants compete for scholarships and recognition on regional and national levels by presenting original research efforts in STEM before a panel of judges during the annual symposium. JSHS is sponsored by the research arm of the Department of Defense and administered in cooperation with nationwide colleges and universities.
Eligibility: High school students who have completed an original research investigation in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics must apply to the regional symposium and vie for awards and recognition, including the opportunity to advance to the National symposium. Interested students and their teachers are encouraged to contact the JSHS regional symposium director in their area to obtain application guidelines and materials and be prepared to:
1—submit a written report (e.g. abstract and/or paper) of the original research investigation for review by a regional panel of judges;
2—deliver a concise oral presentation to the symposium;complete registration and/or application materials;
3—comply with regional and national rules and policies that apply to the preparation of the written reports and the oral presentations.
The ECYBERMISSION Competition is a web-based, team-based competition that provides 6 through 9th grade students the opportunties to compete for awards and opportuntities to present their winning “missions” on regional and national levels each year. Teams need not be sponsored by a school or organization, but must have an adult team advisor and register through the ECybermission site. Ninth grade winners are eligible to participate in the Academy-administered ECybermission Internship Program.
RESEARCH ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM—provides opportunities for all high school students, including underrepresented groups, to gain hands-on work experience in scientific research and development programs on a university level. You must be recommended by your high school teacher(s) to be consided for one of our apprenticeships. As a REAP student participant, you will be exposed to the real world of scientific research and—we hope—be able to see yourself making a living as a scientist or a researcher. Selected students are awarded a stipend for their summer research experience in a university lab. All students must apply via the AEOP using the following link: http://www.usaeop.com Contact Irene O’Mara, the REAP Program director at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Academy of Applied Science at (603) 228-4540.