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Naval Academy Hosts STEM Family Day

Posted on: September 17, 2013 08:00 EDT by Naval Academy Public Affairs

The Naval Academy STEM Office hosted its annual STEM Family Day for faculty and staff and their families Sept. 14.

Held in Rickover Hall, the event allowed the greater Naval Academy family to experience interactive STEM activities and explore the academy engineering lab spaces.

Visitors learned about biometrics and rockets, operated the SeaPerch underwater remote operated vehicle, and investigated buoyancy with aluminum foil boats. Children played with TIBot calculator robots, tried on arctic explorer gear, and built models of houses to withstand the stormy environment of the academy’s wind tunnel.

 “This is a great event,” said Naval Academy mechanical engineering Professor Angela Moran. “The STEM program has grown significantly, and we want our own folks to know what we do, that our mission is to not only encourage more young people to pursue careers in science and engineering … and to act as a focal point for recruiting USNA team majors, but also provide STEM outreach to local and national communities.”

The event also provided a great opportunity for midshipmen to fine-tune their leadership and communication skills.

“Midshipmen were constantly engaged with faculty and their kids,” said Midshipman 2nd Class Matthew Lafleur. “We ensured things were running smoothly between stations and everything was being provided. Preparation was phenomenal.”

The Family Day created an opportunity to highlight the STEM resources at USNA, which includes not just lab spaces, but the STEM faculty, staff and midshipmen.

“The Naval Academy has a lot to offer with regards to STEM. The laboratories are among the best in the country and should be experienced by anyone who is interested,” said Lafleur. “Sparking interest at an early age can pay dividends in the future.”

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