The Naval Academy hosts a number of activities for STEM Educators. They include:
The USNA STEM Center hosts a number of STEM Educator Training (SET) Sail Workshops. A week-long training is offered in Annapolis two times during the summer, 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 offer teachers an opportunity to engage more fully in their educational fields by exploring and testing ideas in a creative and hands-on environment. Experiments and learning assessments are led by faculty and staff members from a number of STEM departments. Teachers are encouraged to share best practices and application methods.
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.
As part of after school clubs, students build SeaPerch underwater ROVs to launch in the USNA Hydro Lab tow tanks. Students, parents, and teachers rotate through hands-on activities in the USNA laboratories to augment the science and technology lessons learned during the kit building process.