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.


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.


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 (E3) is a one-week summer program for 13 - 15 year old students being offered at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.  Students will have the opportunity to explore various engineering principles, focusing each day on a specific field:  Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace, Chemical, and Computer Engineering.  The aim is to enable students to understand the differences between the various fields of engineering and to help them clarify which engineering field they may want to pursue.

E3 is fun!  Students will have the opportunity to build and launch catapults, make a hydraulic system, create electrical circuits, produce crazy chemical reactions, launch rockets, and more!  They will tour various hangars and engineering labs.  Plus, they will get to meet, and ask questions of, a variety of scientists and engineers.

E3 is FREE! Thanks to the sponsorship of the Office of Naval Research via the NAWCAD Educational Outreach Office, there is no charge for registration.  Registration is open to all community members. Each student is responsible to bring their own bag lunch, sealable drinks, and any snacks daily.  There are two main sessions to choose from:  July 18-22 or July 25-29. The program is scheduled from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday on station.  For registration forms and further information, email  Hurry!  Each session is capped at 15 students and registration closes one week prior to each start date.

Supercomputing Internship Program


Internship Highlights

  • Interns will assemble mini-supercomputers (6 node Beowolf computational clusters)
  • Interns will advance their programming skills through threads, vectors, OpenMP and MPI, aiming to attain the level of parallel processing
  • There will be on-station tours and guest speakers.
  • No programming experience required but knowledge of C, C++, or Java is helpful.
  • Interns will prepare PowerPoint slides to brief leadership at the end of their internship.

Internship Details

  • This is an unpaid internship for U.S. citizens, 16 years and older
  • Held on the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.
  • Enrollment is limited to 20 high school and college freshman and sophomore students.
  • Registration opens April 10, 2017, and will remain open until all seats are filled.
  • Interns should bring their own lunch, drinks and snacks. Refrigerator and microwaves are available.
  • Over the course of the program, interns will conduct research and will complete a case study paper by the end of the program.

Application Details

  • Apply by sending a cover letter and resume (in Word or PDF format) to Deborah Grinder, Educational Outreach Office. Students will be accepted on a first come, first-served basis.
  • Once the student is accepted they will be sent a registration form. Please complete, print, sign, date the form and scan or photograph it and email to:
  • Need more information? Call 301-342-2281.