NORfolk Public Schools Science and Technology for Advanced Research

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 NORSTAR: 2013- 2014






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Site last updated on: 02/4/2014


Our NORSTAR application process is open to all qualified candidates! Please click "NORSTAR Application and Entrance Requirements" on the menu above to download a copy today!  


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The NORSTAR program provides Norfolk's gifted and talented high school students with laboratory and real world experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math. Over the past twenty-eight years, the program has served more than 1200 students. Those students have gone on to pursue careers in teaching, engineering, the medical arts, liberal arts, law, and a variety of other career paths. Currently, there are two divisions: the Research and Invention Division, under the direction of Mr. Theodore R. Lunsford II; and the Robotics Division, under the direction of Mr. Samuel Richards. 


The Research and Invention Division allows students to research and investigate various branches of science for several purposes, including:


  1. the creation of new and innovative products that may be built and eventually patented for use by the public.
  2. the mastery of basic engineering skills (using CAD, soldering, interpreting circuit diagrams, etc).
  3. competition with other gifted students from across the state and nation.
  4. the creation of a research-based website.
  5. the creation of an investigative website.

The Research and Invention Division is proud to feature our "Super Science" Guest Lecture series! This school year, we participated in discussions with experts and mentors from:


  • the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS),
  • Norfolk State University (the STARS program),
  • BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, and
  • experts in online, real-time modeling and simulation (MYMIC). 


During the 2011-2012 school year, we were treated to seminars on real time virtual trauma centers,  robots that fetch specimens from the bottom of the ocean, and computer programs that allow you to set up your very own hot dog stand! For more information, please click here to see our new "Super Science" page!

The Robotics division uses state-of-the-art robots to emulate manufacturing protocols in contemporary industrial settings. In addition, students build their own electronic circuit boards, mobile robots, large robots for competitions such as FIRST Robotics, projects for the National Robotics Challenge, and other national and international competitions. As a vocational gifted program, the Robotics division also participates in SkillsUSA competitions at the state and national level. Both the Research and Invention division and the Robotics lab encourage creative thinking through the use of expert mentors, teacher-student mentors, and student-student mentors. NORSTAR also uses several non-traditional methods in evaluating its students, including the use of rubrics, written submissions, lab reports, and informal observation of the working lab environment.  



NORSTAR welcomes all qualified students to become part of this rich and dynamic environment.