STEM Academy


To help students prepare to be part of the 21st-century workforce, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory has created the APL STEM Academy to:

  • Identify and develop STEM talent
  • Increase the diversity of students pursuing STEM majors and careers
  • Connect concepts taught in school to real-world application
  • Build students’ skills, understanding, knowledge, and competence in STEM fields
  • Create a path toward a future career in STEM

The STEM Academy is a multiyear program offering a series of STEM preparation courses taught by professional APL staff. Students in the program, called cadets, will get to experience what working on real-world STEM projects is like.

  • Grades 8–12 (no exceptions will be considered)
  • Technical and nontechnical courses
  • Courses are offered at various times. Please check the course description for details.
  • Location: STEM Center in the Kossiakoff Center on APL’s main campus
  • Required to take a minimum of two classes per year to remain in good standing

Courses are offered in fall (September–December), spring (February–May), and summer (July–August).


STEM Academy courses require a $49-per-course commitment fee. Collected fees will be used for scholarships given out by the APL STEM Program Management Office. Financial assistance is available.

To learn more about APL’s STEM Academy, view the STEM Academy: Overview

Courses Offered in:

STEM Application
Students are equipped with the tools needed to analyze, design, and troubleshoot solutions to real-world problems.

Research Skills
Students learn sound reasoning and analytical thinking; how to use knowledge, facts, and data to solve workplace problems.

Students will master how to articulate their thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively; public speaking and presentation skills; and the ability to write and edit work-related materials clearly and effectively.

Career Development
Students will cultivate skills to help them improve their ability to explore available career options, make a positive impression on potential employers, and land the job they want.