Methodology: utilize unique approach to recruiting and retaining technologists by actively engaging elementary/middle/high school students and teachers in a wide variety of science and engineering events (camps, mini-camps, competitions, site visits, short courses, internships) to initiate interest and enthusiasm for future STEM participation in academic and career choices. Unique approach is defined by project based, Navy-relevant curriculum, focusing on current topics, and a pyramidal structure with practicing Navy technologists/educators on top and near peer midshipmen acting as the interface with students, using the outstanding USNA resources as a backdrop for the activities.
The USNA Mission is to develop midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty in order to graduate leaders who are dedicated to career of naval service and have potential for future development in mind and character, to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.
The STEM Program at USNA prepares midshipmen participants for various intellectual and innovation challenges by creating opportunities for midshipmen to learn STEM theory and application, as well as reinforcing the lessons they have learned in the classroom. The STEM program uniquely offers midshipmen a chance to not only participate in, but lead in the classroom. Involvement in STEM includes learning how to set up and execute an experiment, fielding challenging questions, developing an understanding of the underlying theory; all of which strengthens creative problem solving skills, innovative thinking, and the ability to respond to a situation that was not anticipated.
USNA 2020 VISION - to be the nation’s premier institution for developing future naval leaders from diverse backgrounds to serve in an increasingly interdependent and dynamic world.
The STEM Program derives its curriculum from the current classroom and the cutting edge of new research, prepares midshipmen to interface with multiple technologies and exposes midshipmen to the reality of the interdependence of the sciences, engineering, technologies, and mathematics.