News from the STEM Office
STEM Family Day
Posted on: September 23, 2013 08:00 EDT by Sarah Durkin
The USNA STEM Office hosted the annual STEM Family Day on Saturday, September 14, 2013. This engaging event was open to Naval Academy faculty/staff and their families, so that they could experience interactive STEM activities and explore the engineering lab spaces in Rickover Hall.
With a large turnout of 72 adults and 71 children of all ages, the 2-hour event was facilitated by a busy group of 3 faculty/staff members and 9 midshipmen. Families had a great time trying different STEM activities including operating SeaPerch underwater remote operated vehicles, playing with TIBot calculator robots, investigating buoyancy with “Flinkers” and aluminum foil boats, trying on arctic explorer gear, learning about biometrics, testing out rockets, and trying to build models of houses to withstand the stormy environment of the wind tunnel.
The event provided a great opportunity for midshipmen to fine-tune their leadership and communication skills. “[I learned] how to effectively interact with a younger audience and relay to them ideas involved in my activity”, commented one midshipman facilitator.
STEM Family Day created a wonderful opportunity to highlight the great STEM resources at USNA, which includes not just our lab spaces, but especially our faculty, staff, and midshipmen. The families that attended spent an enjoyable morning seeing some of what USNA has to offer and getting a taste of STEM.