Summer AeroSpace Camp (formerly Summer Space Camp)

Summer Aerospace Camp provides students with opportunities to participate in hands-on, minds-on activities in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Open to all students in grades 2 through 11, the camp offers tailored activities for each grade / age group.

Elementary Sessions (one week session offered twice):  Students entering grades 2-6 will explore topics such as Aeronautics, Earth Science, Engineering, Rocketry, Space Citizenship, and Space Science through classroom activities.

Secondary Session (two week session): Students entering grades 7 - 11 will participate in a two week camp which will include activities related to advanced aeronautics and quadcopters.  Students will also be able to extend their camp experience in order to complete Part 107 of the FAA requirements for earning their Commercial UAV License. No prior knowledge of these topics is required.

2018 Summer Camp dates will be released shortly.  Please check back Feb 15 for details.

Summer Cyber Camp

Cyber camp is a collaboration between The Patuxent Partnership and St. Mary's County Public Schools.  The program, funded through a grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), provides hands-on activities focused on computer science and cyber security topics. Attendees will learn and apply basic concepts of programming, forensics, and cryptography, from a series of gaming, modeling, and simulation activities, which explore the interconnections of science, math, technology, and computers. Camp activities include a guest speaker from CyberSecurity field and a field trip to the NSA Cryptological Museum.

2018 Cyber Camp dates / details will be released shortly.  Please check back on Feb 15.

Engineer Like a Girl

Engineer Like A Girl is a free one-week summer program hosted by the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) to increase awareness and familiarize high school girls in Southern Maryland with career opportunities in the field of engineering. The goal of this program is to stomp out negative stereotypes commonly associated with women's ability to pursue careers in math and science related fields.

Participate in workshops, hands-on activities, and projects in a wide range of engineering disciplines. A day visit to NAVAIR is included in the program

CSM Kids' and Teen College

Hosted by the College of Southern Maryland, Kids' and Teen College offers comprehensive, exciting youth programming for children ages five to 14 years old. It allows for the opportunity to explore their interests on a college campus while discovering themselves.  Classes are offered at the college campuses in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties. These half-day programs allow kids and teens to design their own week’s specific to their interests - from art in the morning to academics in afternoons or a full day of sports. Please visit the Kids and Teen College website to view course offerings.  Registration now open.

Summer Engineering Exploration Experience (E3) for Students


The Engineering Exploration Experience is  a 4-day summer program for 11 to 14 year old students being offered by the NAWCAD Educational Outreach Office at Patuxent River Naval Air Station.  Students will have the opportunity to explore various engineering principles, focusing each day on a specific field:  Mechanical, Electrical and Computer, Aerospace, and Chemical Engineering.  Students will engage in activities such as building a hydraulic lift, creating  electrical circuits, and producing chemical reactions.  They will also interact with  scientists and engineers and tour labs. The goal is to enable students to understand the differences between the various fields of engineering and to help them identify which engineering field they may want to pursue. 

Registration is free and open to all community members. There are two sessions to choose from: July 9-12 and July 23-26.  The program is scheduled from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday at Patuxent River Naval Air Station.  Each session is capped at 15 students.  Registration closes when the capacity limit is reached.  Participants  are responsible for bringing their own bag lunch, sealable drinks, and any snacks on a daily basis.

Registration details for Summer 2018 will be posted shortly.  Please check back in a few weeks.