Seaperch is a national remotely operated vehicle (ROV) program sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). The USNA STEM Office hosts training workshops for teachers, as well as build sessions with students. School Showcases and Regional Competitions are held in the Spring.
The STEM Office hosts several STEM events just for middle-school age girls throughout the year. In the summer, a week-long camp includes design challenges and competition, team building, hands-on activities, tours of labs and research areas, and networking with professional female engineers. The 2013 Girls Summer Camp Theme was "Fly into Your Future". One-day workshops are also offered during the year where students participate in a variety of hands-on STEM activities, interact with female USNA faculty and midshipmen.
Recent Girls-Only STEM Events:
USNA midshipmen and faculty stage a full day of hands-on activities for hundreds of elementary students from local counties and Baltimore City at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. USNA STEM hosts a number of different age-appropriate interactive activities focused on topics such as robotics, hull design, fluids principles, underwater vehicles, materials properties, and more, as well as mini engineering design competitions.
Midshipmen STEM Majors provide the guided tours for visiting candidates and stop at lab areas to talk to midshipmen and faculty who are performing research or working on capstone projects. Prior to the tours the visitors see a brief on Technology in the Navy and how STEM majors are addressing the needs of the fleet.
Science and Engineering Faculty Members and the Admissions Office host this success oriented, project-based curriculum for rising 8th to 11th graders. Camps are held each June and are one week in duration. Three camp sessions are scheduled, with about 200-250 students per session. This is an overnight camp, with students staying in Bancroft Hall. The 2013 Camp Theme was "Extreme Technology: Annapolis Edition". Campers from diverse backgrounds and from around the country participated in a wide range of activities, including: optimizing hull design, building circuits, visiting the biometrics lab, cryptography, 3D simulation, storm chasing, the physics of light, robotics, and much more.
High Schools from locations around the U.S. send small groups of students to visit USNA for an overnight visit or a long weekend. The students get a tour of the technical majors and spend time engaged in interactive engineering activities, such as experiments in the wind tunnel, learning to use the electron microscope to look at nano-particles, or programming robots. Mini-STEMs might even include a ride on the Oceanography Yard Patrol Craft (YP) to do some experiments on the Chesapeake Bay!
The USNA STEM Office hosts a number of STEM Educator Training (SET) Sail Workshops. A week-long summer training is offered in Annapolis, with additional one-day workshops offered at various times during the year. Training focuses on the use of project-based learning in topics such as design, chemistry, physics, math, simulation, biology, SeaPerch and engineering. These workshops, led by USNA faculty and staff, offer teachers an opportunity to engage more fully in their educational fields by exploring and testing ideas in a creative and hands-on environment. Teachers are encouraged to share best practices and application methods.
The STEM Office hosts a booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. Last year, 200,000 people came to participate in demonstrations, educational activities and conferences. The USNA Booth provided about a dozen of our most popular and portable activities including mini-SeaPerch, fluids, flinkers, boats, gears, bell jars, and fun with liquid nitrogen! Faculty and midshipmen have also traveled to San Diego, CA to host a booth at the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering.
The STEM Office hosts an annual Family STEM Day open to Naval Academy faculty/staff and their families, to experience interactive STEM activities and explore the engineering lab spaces in Rickover Hall. Activities have included 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 building models of houses to withstand the stormy environment of the wind tunnel.