Navy Week Columbia, SC
POSTED ON: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 12:00 AM by Christine Maceo
The USNA STEM Center supported Navy Week Columbia, SC with a series of virtual visits to the engineering students at a local high school on October 18-20, 2021. The academic program presented to the students was determined by the curriculum standards and requirements of the high school engineering instructor, who was provided with a list of supplies to have on hand for the virtual visit. For each day of the event, the first-period class was led by USNA Computer Science Professor Chris Brown through an in-depth study of cryptography, including Secret Key Cryptography, Public Key Cryptography, and Password Hacking; the second-period class was led by USNA Faculty Mark Murray and Christine Maceo through an investigation of Sea-Air-Land Engineering topics that encompassed Buoyancy and Archimedes’ Principle (with Engineering Design), Fluids and Flight (with Engineering Design), and Structural Engineering (with Engineering Build).
Midshipmen Mckenzie Eshleman, Shane Fagan, Leetasia Midgette, Gabby Shepherd, Chris Martineau, Sigrid Schwarzkopf, Jennifer Jung, Anna Sawyer, Keandre Harper, Adan Valdez, Mae Myers, Ella Vath, Daisy Reasbeck, Foster Stacey, Treyvon Poe, Maia Vath, Elizabeth Farmer, Ben Negron, Daniel Shen, Lian Dunlevy, Ebissa Sambo, and Max Kimmel supported the event as near-peer mentors with content instruction, activity demonstration and panel Q&As. Throughout the nine hours of virtual visits, the high school students engaged with the faculty and midshipmen, participating in the project-based activities in real-time and discussing their results both in their own classroom and with the USNA STEM team.
The Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO) brings Navy Week programs to several cities each year to connect Americans with their Navy and to showcase Navy sailors and high-tech naval equipment in outreach events. This USNA STEM effort in support of Columbia Navy Week was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and the Naval Academy Foundation.
Category: General Interest