USNA STEM at Sea-Air-Space Expo
POSTED ON: Sunday, April 2, 2017 8:00 AM by Sarah Durkin
The United States Naval Academy STEM Center participated as an exhibitor at the Sea-Air-Space Naval STEM Exposition on April 2, 2017. This annual event, presented by the Navy League STEM Institute, was held at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbour, MD. The event was designed to introduce middle and high school students to the excitement and possibility of STEM careers.
USNA Professor Mark Murray and CDR Janice Rice, along with ten midshipmen, brought hands-on activities in physics, math and logic, cybersecurity, fluids, chemistry, electricity, engineering, and other STEM fields to the event. Over 500 students engaged in activities at the USNA booth, exploring a variety of Naval-relevant STEM topics.
Midshipmen and faculty encouraged participants to build electrical circuits using playdough, design a catapult using household objects, and predict what would happen to a marshmallow placed in a vacuum.
"Having the opportunity to connect with and inspire new interests in people of all ages was an extremely rewarding experience," commented MIDN 3/C Yogaish Khastgir, "It was amazing to have a chance to interact with so many kids and see their excitement for STEM."