The Chickasaw Nation Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Academy is accepting applications for students in grades K-12. The program inspires young people to be science and technology leaders and build engineering and technology skills.

Students in the program will apply real-world math and science concepts to design, build and program robotics to complete real-world challenges. Competing as a group, they will develop problem-solving, organizational and team building skills.

Teams will meet after school throughout the week with competitions taking place on Saturdays.

Jr. FIRST LEGO League, open to Chickasaw youth ages six to eight, teaches the benefits of teamwork, sparks interest in science and technology and introduces basic design skills through a hands-on approach with the fun of LEGO building.

FIRST LEGO League, open to Chickasaw youth entering third to sixth grade, provides students with an exciting experience in a global robotics program that ignites an enthusiasm for discovery, science and technology.

FLL students research and solve real-world problems based on the challenge theme, present research and solutions and build an autonomous robot using engineering concepts.

VEX-IQ, open to Chickasaw youth entering seventh to eighth grade, is a transitional robotics team that bridges the gap between FLL and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC).

Fundamentals from both beginner and advanced robotics programs are joined together with easy-to-use build components and programming.

FTC, open to all students entering ninth to twelfth grade, is designed for those who want to compete head-to-head, using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams.

FIRST Robotics Competition, open to all students entering tenth to twelfth grade, is the most advanced of the robotics programs in the STEM Academy’s line-up.

FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources and time limits, teams are challenged to design, build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. They are also responsible for designing a team “brand,” honing teamwork skills and marketing themselves as a whole.

Program activities will take place after school and on weekends at the Chickasaw Nation STEM Academy, 301 Seabrook Road.

The deadline to apply is Aug. 31.

For more information or to apply, visit www.Chickasaw.Net/STEM, call the STEM program at (580) 272-5579 or email at

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