After nearly two years of planning, the STEM Youth Explorer Academy is a residential academic camp for 30-40 disadvantaged middle school students (rising 8th graders) within a 5-county area (Berks, Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Northampton Counties). The students will be recommended by teachers at their respective schools, and will attend the 4-day, 3-night science academy on full scholarships funded by area Rotary Clubs. The daytime curriculum was developed by the SETI Institute with the theme “Astrobiology: Search for Life on Mars,” a theme which will serve as a springboard incorporating: biology, chemistry, mathematics, and engineering. The camp is being hosted by Albright College in Reading, PA. It is hoped that the experience will inspire these young people to expand their educational horizons to include scientific pursuits. Detailed information on the program is available at https://stemyea.com/.