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Midshipmen Travel to Oklahoma for Volunteer Trip
Posted on: March 12, 2013 08:00 EDT
Press Release #: 018-13
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Four members of the Naval Academy Midshipmen Action Group (MAG) are spending their spring break in Tulsa, Okla. visiting elementary, middle, and high schools to teach students about the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
The midshipmen are using hands-on projects to help demonstrate to students how science, engineering and mathematics apply to everyday life. Projects include building gliders out of straws and making air pressure powered racecars out of two-liter bottles.
“This is a great opportunity for us to interact with the community and inspire kids to learn more about STEM,” said Midshipman 2nd Class Soon Kwon, of Redmond, Wash. “Volunteering during our spring break to provide in-depth STEM-related education to their students will be a very rewarding experience.”
MAG members will participate in numerous local volunteer and community service programs throughout the upcoming spring semester. During the previous academic year, they logged 20,000 hours participating in community service projects locally and throughout the country.
Established in 1992 as a community relations program for and by the Brigade of Midshipmen, MAG currently offers a variety of educational, environmental and social service volunteer projects in coordination with community partners from the Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas, as well as regional and national partners. MAG prepares midshipmen for future service by encouraging peer leadership, teamwork, character development, morale, selflessness and goodwill towards others.
Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service. More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects like small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, leadership, ethics and military law. Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a federally funded Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 23 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.