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DoD Best Practices in STEM Workshop

  POSTED ON: Monday, March 12, 2018 12:00 AM by Angela Moran

The USNA DoD Best Practices for STEM Outreach Workshop was held on March 12 and 13, 2018, on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD) STEM Programs Office.

As part of a series of workshops sponsored by DoD and the Office of Naval Research, the USNA STEM Center for Education and Outreach conducted STEM outreach training for DoD scientists, engineers, and STEM practitioners from commands across the country including representatives from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Missile Defense Agency, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Uniformed Services of Health Sciences, and more. 

Attendees at this workshop learned methods and techniques for student engagement using hands‐on activities in a range of DoD relevant topic areas including cybersecurity, autonomy, flight, corrosion, electronics, biomedical applications, and engineering design with an emphasis on the real world.

They had an opportunity to put their newly acquired skills into practice by facilitating two STEM events for local middle school and high school students run in collaboration with the Office of Admissions. Discussion sessions provided the participants the opportunity to share methods and activities from their own commands.

An exit survey conducted of the attendees showed that 100% agreed or strongly agreed that the workshop was of value, and that they would be able to apply what they learned in their own community. All also found that the activities were relevant to their own outreach. Ten STEM faculty and staff (Mark Murray, Pat Moran, Charles Nelson, Gina Henderson, Christine Maceo, Rachel Fees, Sarah Durkin, Donna Weber, Pat Meinhold, and Angela Moran) created and implemented the event.

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