NORSTAR is a STEM infused program that nurtures each student’s ability to become leading inventors and innovators of the future. The NORSTAR learning environment empowers each student to develop in-demand knowledge and skills for success within the 21st Century. Through independent or collaborative work, NORSTAR students think creatively and critically to problem solve solutions to real-world challenges. By using emerging technology students are able to research, design, prototype, and create products or robots for national level competitions, challenges, and events. This process allows students to be facilitators of learning and leading with peers. NORSTAR students make a difference within the global community as change-makers who work to create real solutions to real needs.
NORSTAR is located at the Norfolk Technical Center and transportation is provided for all participants. Once a student is accepted, they are a member of NORSTAR for their entire high school experience. The unique format of the NORSTAR experience allows students to attend other advanced specialty programs, as well as, participate in NORSTAR. The students also have an opportunity to participate in athletics and activities based at their high school. A NORSTAR student attends their regular classes at their home school and will also be scheduled for the NORSTAR program for two instructional blocks. This includes one block at the end of the school day and one afterschool (twilight) block. Students are eligible to receive high school credit that may be used towards graduation for every block in which they are scheduled to attend. Beginning in 2017-2018, the students will attend NORSTAR from 12:50 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. every other day. When needed, students opt to make arrangements to spend additional time at NORSTAR as they prepare for national specialty competitions and events.