The USNA STEM Center hosts a number of activities for STEM Educators. They include:
STEM Educator Training (SET) Sail Workshops are offered on-site at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Training focuses on the use of project-based learning in topics such as engineering design, chemistry, physics, math, robotics, programming, biology, and SeaPerch. A week-long training is offered two times during the summer, with additional one-day workshops offered each year in September and February. Advanced registration is required, and is posted on the Applications page in August and January.
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 underwater remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) program sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). The USNA STEM Center hosts training workshops for teachers. School Showcases and Regional Competitions are held in the Spring.
Training workshops instruct teachers in how to lead students in building SeaPerch underwater ROVs as part of a classroom or afterschool program. Skills include soldering, drilling PVC pipe, frame building and mounting motors. Additional activities are presented to augment the science and technology lessons learned during the kit building process. A collaborative workshop, "Engineering to Explore the Ocean", is offered in partnership with NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.