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News Highlights from the Naval Academy STEM Office

Posted on: October 10, 2012 08:00 EDT by Webmaster

Students from the Bronx Aerospace High School and the Young Women's Leadership Schools of New York City visited the Naval Academy and experienced the innovative, project-based workshops of the the academy's STEM Program.

Workshops topics included searching for unobtanium given by Professor Joel Schubbe, storm chasing given by Lt. Cmdr. John Woods, oceaneering given by Dr. Beth Mutch, and bioterrorsim given by Dr. Sarah Durkin. A fluids presentation was provided by Professor Mark Murray, and Lt. Cmdr. Gwen Gray led a tour through the engineering spaces.

Maryland MESA Welcomed at USNA

In July and August two groups of high school students from the Maryland Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) initiative were introduced to STEM activities at USNA. The group participated in the new bioterrorism hands-on module and toured many of the STEM laboratories and work spaces at the Academy.

The Naval Academy has supported a number of MESA activities including STEM days for middle school students across the state. This group was sponsored by Capt. Cynthia Macri of the Chief of Naval Operations' Diversty Office.

Maryland MESA's mission is to prepare students for academic and professional careers in STEM fields. One of the ways Maryland MESA strives to meet this goal is through partnerships with different colleges and universities in an effort to engage students in the varied and exciting opportunities of a STEM education and career.

Candidates Visit the Naval Academy

On Sept. 21, the Naval Academy welcomed the first group of candidates in the 2012-2013 academic year for an informative talk, a tour of the lab decks, and a question and answer period with a panel of midshipmen.

Capt. Jay Bitting, director of the Division of Engineering and Weapons, and Capt. John O'Neill, director of the Division of Mathematics and Science, began the afternoon by discussing academic options at the academy. They outlined the general courses required of a midshipman and the various paths of a STEM major, stressing the importance of those majors to the Navy.

The group was then split into smaller sections and assigned a midshipman in a STEM major. These smaller groups were taken on a fast-paced and information packed tour of the lab decks of Rickover, Maury, Michelson, and Chauvenet.

Midshipmen were energetic and excited to talk about the opportunities offered to them by STEM fields, and to answer the candidates questions about their options. This enthusiasm continued into the last part of the day where candidates were afforded the opportunity to talk to a panel of STEM midshipmen. The covered topics ranged from the day-to-day life of a midshipman to the specific responsibilities and opportunities that a STEM major offers.

Class of 1982 Reunion: A "Thank You" Stem Event

The Naval Academy STEM Office extended a special thanks to our Class of 1982 sponsors by hosting a STEM event just for them Sept. 28, during their class reunion. More than 70 folks enjoyed interactive demos of biometrics, fluid dynamics, aerospace, arctic buoys, storm chasing, SeaPerch ROVs, solar energy, biofuels, control systems, and robotics.

For more information on the Naval Academy's STEM program, visit the website or the STEM Facebook page.

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