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Best Practices in STEM Outreach All Forces Workshops

  POSTED ON: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 12:00 AM by Christine Maceo

The USNA STEM Center completed the first phase of ALL FORCES WORKSHOPS in DoDSTEM BEST PRACTICES to PROMOTE STEM EDUCATION and WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, a Department of Defense sponsored program that provided outreach training to 72 DoD scientists and engineers from all Armed Forces: Navy, Marine Corp, Army, Air Force, Space Force and Coast Guard. The outreach training focused on implementing professional development workshops to secondary school educators in underserved areas to meet the urgent DoD need for more young people to pursue highly technical careers in science, technology, engineering and math. 

The STEM Center developed rigorous but scalable, content-based activities that reflect emerging technologies in the Armed Forces and that are matched to national science and engineering standards. Sessions in Electricity, Cryptography, Biotechnology, Directed Energy, Fluids and Flight, Programming and Engineering Design were presented by USNA Faculty Charles Nelson, Chris Brown, Gina Henderson and Mark Murray, as well as USNA STEM Faculty Joe McGettigan, Christine Maceo and Sarah Durkin. 

The two-day workshops included a practicum experience, a virtual classroom visit to a DoDEA secondary school that allowed workshop participants to practice their newly acquired outreach skills. The remainder of this multi-year program will be implemented in a tiered approach, with the newly train DoD STEM Leads developing local STEM Outreach Teams at their commands, which will then develop and implement professional development STEM Educator workshops to local secondary teachers. USNA STEM will support these decentralized local efforts with additional training, content, supplies and assessment.  This program was generously supported by DoD STEM, the Office of Naval Research, and the Naval Academy Foundation.

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