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Cetacean Celebration: ONR Sponsors Family-Friendly Dolphin Workshops in South Carolina

Cetacean Celebration: ONR Sponsors Family-Friendly Dolphin Workshops in South Carolina

WEST BETHESDA, Md – Thousands of wildlife lovers learned about the lives and health of dolphins during workshops sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) — in partnership with the National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF).

The interactive events — titled “Dolphin Doctor: On the Front Lines of Marine Mammal Medicine” — occurred during the recent Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) in Charleston, South Carolina. ONR funded the workshops through the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) efforts of its Warfighter Performance Department. Approximately 3,400 people attended..

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The U.S. Naval Academy’s STEM Center Travels to the West Coast to Deliver STEM Workshop

The U.S. Naval Academy’s STEM Center Travels to the West Coast to Deliver STEM Workshop

Forty-two DoD personnel from commands and affiliated organizations across the U.S. attended this two-day training in “Best Practices in DoD STEM Outreach”, held at NIWC Pacific in San Diego, CA. Module topics included Biofuels, Motors & Turbines, Sphero Robotics, Paper Speaker, Hydraulics, Machine Learning, and a Space/Flight/Electrochemistry Fair. Attendees presented their knowledge of the material to middle and high school students in the nearby area at Longfellow K-8 and Lincoln High School, providing hands-on experiences in both hydraulics and paper speaker.

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Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Welcomes DoD STEM Ambassadors to West Bethesda

Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Welcomes DoD STEM Ambassadors to West Bethesda

WEST BETHESDA, Md – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division opened its gates in West Bethesda, Maryland, to Department of Defense (DoD) science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) Ambassadors on Feb. 22, 2024. The DoD STEM Ambassadors Program consists of high-performing educators around the country and provides them with a unique, enriching opportunity to create and curate new STEM learning resources for students nationwide. Additionally, the program is executed by the TGR Foundation, a DoD STEM Education Consortium Partner, with emphasis on supporting committed educators working with students who have been historically underrepresented in STEM.

“These teachers are influencers in their communities and with their students,” Kathleen Miranda said, a program officer in the Naval STEM Coordination Office. “We want to teach them more about our resources and programs that are available to them, and have them bring that home to their local communities.”

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Merging generations: Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, partners, to host first middle school robotics innovation challenge

Merging generations: Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, partners, to host first middle school robotics innovation challenge

DAHLGREN, Va. – Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) and its partners are expanding the innovation challenges from college and high school students and industry professionals to the next generation of scientists and engineers – middle schoolers.

“NSWCDD has world class scientists and engineers who are passionate about the work they do in support of the warfighter and want to share it with the younger generations through our STEM program,” said Melissa Smith, the division’s Acting Chief Technology Officer. “We are building a talent pipeline as we watch them work together.”

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Building Young STEM Professionals: U.S. Navy’s SSP Outreach Teams Cultivate Talent during FIRST Robotics Events Nationwide

Building Young STEM Professionals: U.S. Navy’s SSP Outreach Teams Cultivate Talent during FIRST Robotics Events Nationwide

Washington Navy Yard – Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Outreach teams are hard at work developing, training, and mentoring young STEM professionals in schools across the nation in 2024.

January was filled with development opportunities for children in classrooms spanning the country—from the Nation’s Capital all the way to Colorado—and SSP’s STEM outreach teams partnered with teachers during multiple “FIRST Robotics” build season kickoff events.

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Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) helps to provide learning opportunities for students enrolled in Kitsap County public schools

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) helps to provide learning opportunities for students enrolled in Kitsap County public schools

BREMERTON, Wa. – Kitsap County is home to more than 277,000 people, approximately 19 percent of whom are under the age of 18. This creates a high community demand for quality education and engagement opportunities geared toward elementary and high school students. Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility recently provided enrichment and learning opportunities for local fifth grade students from Silver Ridge Elementary School through STEM Days, at the Puget Sound Navy Museum in Bremerton. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

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SMART Scholar and Mentor of the Year Awards Announced for Fiscal Year 2023 in Recognition of Their Remarkable Contributions to the Department of Defense

SMART Scholar and Mentor of the Year Awards Announced for Fiscal Year 2023 in Recognition of Their Remarkable Contributions to the Department of Defense

ARLINGTON, Va. – Scholars and mentors from the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program, earned the Scholar and Mentor of the Year Awards for their impactful research in enhancing Department of Defense (DoD) capabilities.

Each year, the DoD SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program awards scholar and mentor pairs who demonstrate exemplary achievements throughout their SMART-sponsored journey, from academia to civil service career. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, the number of nominations received doubled and were representative of SMART Sponsoring Facilities across the entire DoD.

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MEDICINE, MANUFACTURING, MOLECULES: DON SHINES AT NAVY LEAGUE STEM EXPO

MEDICINE, MANUFACTURING, MOLECULES: DON SHINES AT NAVY LEAGUE STEM EXPO

For Immediate Release: April 19, 2024
By Warren Duffie Jr., Office of Naval Research

Two middle school-aged children knelt next to a pair of life-like mannequins — one a full-body figure, the other a lower torso with its right leg severed below the knee, complete with bleeding.

With encouragement from Sailors manning the booth, the kids attempted to perform CPR and apply a tourniquet as another Sailor studied a sophisticated computer-simulation system showing detailed vital signs for the mannequins, in order to ensure the would-be medics were doing their jobs correctly.

The mannequins were part of a booth hosted by Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Department of Simulation, in partnership with the Department of the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). 

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ATTENTION, SCIENCE FANS! NAVAL STEM LAUNCHES NEWEST NAVAL HORIZONS ESSAY CONTEST

ATTENTION, SCIENCE FANS! NAVAL STEM LAUNCHES NEWEST NAVAL HORIZONS ESSAY CONTEST

For Immediate Release: Mar 21, 2024
By Warren Duffie Jr., Office of Naval Research

ARLINGTON, Va – The Department of the Navy’s (DoN) Naval STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) program has gone live with the newest iteration of its popular Naval Horizons student essay contest for high school and college students.

First launched in 2020, Naval Horizons is a STEM educational video series from the DoN’s Naval STEM Coordination Office, located at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). It is a collection of more than 55 videos highlighting scientists and engineers, including active-duty military personnel, working within the DoN.

It aims to broaden the awareness of real-world science and technology challenges facing the Navy and Marine Corps today — and help illuminate the many pathways to STEM careers.

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Mighty Mentorship: NAVY Civilian Employee Wins DOD STEM Advocacy Award

Mighty Mentorship: NAVY Civilian Employee Wins DOD STEM Advocacy Award

ARLINGTON, Va. – Growing up in Del Rio, Texas, a small town located on the U.S.-Mexico border, Juan Lafuente attended a high school that was short on resources but rich in caring, dedicated teachers — resulting in strong math and science programs.

Lafuente’s physics teacher, Mr. Francisco, was a powerful proponent of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and pushed his students to excel in such subjects. Seeing a similar passion in Lafuente, Mr. Francisco helped him apply and earn acceptance to summer engineering enrichment programs at the University of Texas and Texas A&M University.

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2023 NAVAL HORIZONS CONTEST SEES GREATEST NUMBER OF WINNERS YET

2023 NAVAL HORIZONS CONTEST SEES GREATEST NUMBER OF WINNERS YET

ARLINGTON, Va.— The results are in for the recent Naval Horizons student essay contest. The organizer — the Department of the Navy’s (DoN) Naval STEM Coordination Office, which is located at the Office of Naval Research — is excited about the growth of the contest since its premiere several years ago.

In the 2023 Naval Horizons, 827 students were awarded a $200 cash prize each, the contest’s largest winner pool yet.

Naval Horizons is a STEM educational video series comprising more than 45 videos highlighting scientists and engineers, including active-duty military personnel, working within the DoN.

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Under The Sea: Students and Robotics at Seaperch

Under The Sea: Students and Robotics at Seaperch

Outside the University of Maryland’s (UMD) recreation center, teams of students laugh and talk excitedly with one another. Once inside, though, discussions are limited to commands and instructions for students competing in RoboNation’s International SeaPerch Challenge, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

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STEM Celebration: DoN Promotes Student Outreach at Navy League STEM Expo

STEM Celebration: DoN Promotes Student Outreach at Navy League STEM Expo

ARLINGTON, Va.—Science and technology enthusiasts were treated to a day of educational fun at the recent Navy League STEM Expo, held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

The free event gave local students the opportunity to engage and be inspired by all things STEM — or science, technology, engineering and math. It also enabled them to learn about the newest iteration of the Naval Horizons student essay contest — organized by the Department of the Navy’s (DoN) Naval STEM Coordination Office, located at the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

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