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Norfolk Science, Technology and Advanced Research, or NORSTAR is a STEM-infused program which develops student leadership in STEM innovation and creative problem-solving by providing laboratory and real world experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math. NORSTAR seeks motivated, gifted/high performing students with the ability to demonstrate original, creative problem-solving abilities.
For detailed information about NORSTAR, please download our Program Overview.
NORSTAR welcomes all qualified students to become part of this rich and dynamic environment!
The Online Application for NORSTAR 2023-2024 is now OPEN.
Candidates for the NORSTAR program should be in grade 8 or 9 during the current school year. Applicants should be in very good academic standing (3.0 GPA or above), and should show both high interest and high aptitude in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math.
To apply for the NORSTAR program, students submit a fully completed application, which includes:
- Student information (home address, contact information, extracurricular activities, etc.)
- Student questionnaire
- Positive recommendations from : 1) the student’s current science teacher; 2) the student’s current math teacher; and 3) the student’s guidance counselor
- A current and complete Middle School Profile, available through the student’s school counselor
To access the online application, please click HERE.
To access the online Math & Science Teacher Recommendation Form, please click HERE.
To access the online School Counselor Recommendation Form, please click HERE.
STUDENTS who are Not Enrolled in Norfolk Public Schools:
NORSTAR welcomes applications from eighth grade students who are not enrolled in Norfolk Public Schools during their eighth grade year, but intend to enroll in NPS for high school. In place of a Middle School Profile, NORSTAR will accept an official school transcript reflecting academic performance during the candidate’s sixth, seventh and eighth grade years.
Gifted Education and Academic Rigor Services
The Rosemont Center
7000 West Tanners Creek Drive Room 318 Norfolk, VA 23513
Phone (757) 852-4674 option 3 Fax (757) 852-4677
NORSTAR Application for 2023-2024
Roller Coaster 2022-2023
NORSTAR students designed and built this roller coaster to introduce students to STEM. We took our coaster to various elementary and middle schools across NPS, demonstrating the coaster and the physics concepts behind it. We also worke dwith students and families to build their own mini-coasters!Author:Length:
Graffiti Robots 2022
Samantha made improvements to her graffiti robot, using extra materials for balance, and to improve the asthetics of her robot.Author:Length:
Graffiti Robots: Running in Circles 2022
Micah built his graffiti robot to create perfect circles as it moved across the paper. It took a couple of tries to accommodate such a small piece of paper!Author:Length:
Graffiti Robots: Battle Bots! 2022
The NORSTAR students showed off their robot building skills in a a exciting wrestling match. Watch out, Battle Bots!Author:Length:
Testing a Prototype 2022
NORSTAR worked in partnership with Carpetry at Norfolk Technical Center. The NORSTAR students designed and drew plans for a catapult. Thet Carpentry students built the prototype, and everyone took their turn to test it. After analyzing their test data, NORSTAR went back to the drawing board to design improvements, which the carpentry students built. The final product was used by students, parents, and teahcers, at Ruffner Day!, a community celebration at Ruffner Academy.Author:Length:
Catapult Art at Ruffner Day! 2022
The NORSTAR students took their catapult to Ruffner Academy where children of all ages launched water balloons at a giant, colorful canvas. The water mixed with the paint ot create a beautriful work of art.Author:Length:
Ant Simulation Video 2021
Jack combined his research on animal behavior and computer science to creates a simulation of an ant colony. In 2022-2023, Jack will be attending the Honors College at Old Dominion University, majoring in computer science.Author:Length:
NORSTAR Video Game Development 2021
Avery is honing his coding and video game development skills, creating an original, multi-player video game.Author:Length:
NORSTAR Rocketry 2021
Puneeth is working on power and precision as he designs, builds, and launches rockets.Author:Length:
NASA App Development Challenge 2020Author:Length: