• What is STEM Academy?
    STEM Academy is a FREE four-week summer program for deaf and hard-of-hearing
    high school (9th-12th grade) students over the age of 15.  Students may choose to only attend specific tracks or all tracks.  The program will focus on biotechnology,  mechatronic engineering, Cybersecurity, and Marine Biology*.  

    *Marine Biology camp is limited to residents of the 12 NRSC-supported Southeast states.

    When is STEM Academy?
    STEM Academy is a four-week program that takes place in the summer. This year’s
    program will be June 13 - July 10, 2021.  Students may choose to attend specific tracks or all tracks.


    Where is the STEM Academy program located?
    The STEM Academy program is located in Huntsville, Alabama, and is hosted in
    collaboration with the University of Alabama at Huntsville.


    Who can apply to STEM Academy?

    Any deaf or hard-of-hearing high school can apply to the BioTech & Mechatronic Engineering and/or GenCyber camps.

    Any deaf or hard-of-hearing high school student in one of the 12 NRSC-
    supported Southeast states can apply to any camp including the Marine Biology camp. Students who have
    graduated high school, but have not yet begun college also may attend the
    camp.


    How do I apply to STEM Academy?
    Visit our Camp Application to begin your application to our program!


    How do I know if I have been accepted to the STEM Academy program?
    We will begin contacting applicants and their parents in April and May to notify
    them of their acceptance into the camp. We will begin the process of booking
    flights at this time.


    What do I need to bring?
    This information will be published soon.


    How do I get to the STEM Academy camp?

    NRSC will coordinate with the parents and guardians of eligible students and
    purchase plane tickets to and from STEM Academy at no cost. Transportation
    from the airport to the site (and back to the airport at the end of the program)
    will also be arranged for students at no cost.


    Do I need to pay for transportation costs?
    NRSC will cover costs for flights for all eligible students to STEM Academy!
    Note: in order to be considered eligible, you must be a deaf or hard-of-hearing
    high school student age 15 or older. If you are under the age of 15, air
    transportation cannot be arranged for you. However, you may attend if you
    are 14 years old, in high school, and can arrange your own transportation. If you
    are 14 years old and do not need a flight to any of the camps, contact us to discuss
    potential alternatives.


    For more information about transportation, contact roop.jason@aidb.org.


    What if my flight has a layover?
    All flights that layover in or originate from Atlanta will be escorted by NRSC
    staff. We will communicate with you and your parents and guardians
    throughout the entire flight.

    Where do I stay? Where do I go to eat?
    The University of Alabama at Huntsville has its own dormitory. We provide 24/7
    supervision. We have arranged for all meals to be provided at UAH.  For the MarineLab track,
    we will stay at the MarineLab dorms located on-site in Key Largo, Florida.

    I have gone to an NRSC camp before. Can I apply again?
    Yes, you may apply. You will be placed on a waitlist. We place a priority on
    bringing in students who have never been to the camp. If spots are available,
    students will be selected from the waitlist based on the order the application
    was received.


    What if we live close to the camp location and don't need to fly?
    You may arrange for your own transportation to the camp location. In this
    case, if transportation is not provided by NRSC, the 15 years of age
    requirement for eligible students is changed to 14 years of age.

    Who will supervise my child at the camp?
    NRSC takes supervision 24/7 very seriously. We hire the best dorm staff from
    Alabama School for the Deaf, who are experienced in supervising students at
    night. During the day, our NRSC staff and chaperones supervise.

    How can parents or guardians contact their child in case of an
    emergency?
    NRSC will provide all parents with the necessary contact information one week
    before the scheduled flight occurs. This contact information will include
    emergency contact and the contact for the person that will meet your child at
    the gate at the airport.