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Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD) Hosts First STEM Recruitment Event for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD) Hosts First STEM Recruitment Event for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

WEST BETHESDA, Md. – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD) recently hosted a tour for students from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), a college within RIT, to explore potential job and internship opportunities at the command. The group visited several engineering facilities, listened to overviews of each of the technical departments at Carderock and networked. The tour showed the students that the Division is not only a research base, but also a workplace that accommodates Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) employees with interpreting services.

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Investing in Future Generations: Strategic Systems Programs (SSP)Receives Hands-On STEM Outreach Training at the US Naval Academy

Investing in Future Generations: Strategic Systems Programs (SSP)Receives Hands-On STEM Outreach Training at the US Naval Academy

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) employees had the opportunity to receive vital Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) outreach training at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Tuesday, November 28.

The workshop—facilitated by staff at the USNA’s STEM Center for Education and Outreach and sponsored by the DoD—provided tactics, resources, and tools for Navy STEM representatives to engage children outside of the traditional classroom setting. The day included hands-on learning activities and demonstrations by USNA STEM Center staff to connect educators to curriculum as well as develop a sense of community among attendees.

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Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic Interns Build Lightboard to Test Airfield Lighting Control Systems

Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic Interns Build Lightboard to Test Airfield Lighting Control Systems

Five Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic interns recently built a simulation platform to test the functionality of Navy and Marine Corps airfield lighting control systems (AFLCS), which will have a significant impact worldwide.

This past summer, the group created a lightboard, a lab-testing tool to enhance the NIWC Atlantic Shore Air Traffic Control (ATC) Systems team’s testing process that ensures the reliability of lighting systems at every Navy and Marine Corps aviation facility across the globe.

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High School Students Learn 3D Printing Skills Thanks to Office of Naval Research Grant

High School Students Learn 3D Printing Skills Thanks to Office of Naval Research Grant

Students in the Santa Paula High School (SPHS) Robotics Club will learn the intricacies of assembling desktop 3D printers as well as how to troubleshoot issues with them, thanks to an Office of Naval Research (ONR) grant that paid for the printers and associated materials.

Ramon Flores, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) coordinator at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD), submitted the ONR grant application to fund five Prusa MK4 3D printers and filaments for SPHS, at a total cost of $6,400. The grant was awarded in late September, and the printers were delivered to the school on Nov. 9.

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Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane SMART Scholar Steps Up to Support Prototype Development Team

Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane SMART Scholar Steps Up to Support Prototype Development Team

CRANE, Ind. – A Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) engineer steps up to support prototype development team and their work in Energy Magazine Prototype (EM-P), which is a power system component that allows for a faster recharge in a battery.  

Elliott Yu, an Engineer and SMART Scholar at NSWC Crane, served as Point of Contact (POC) for the EM-P team. Originally, Yu was assigned to shadow and assist the main POC/test engineer for the project–but when this person had to take leave, Yu was tasked with taking over the position. Yu took over the role within months of starting at NSWC Crane and his responsibilities included serving as a project representative, contractor contact, coordinator for scheduling purposes, test engineer, and report writer.

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Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Mobile Digital Fabrication Laboratory (FABLAB) at Inaugural JAM Fest

Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Mobile Digital Fabrication Laboratory (FABLAB) at Inaugural JAM Fest

Before returning to school, dozens of children received a lesson they would not learn in a classroom. On Aug. 16, the U.S. Navy’s Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) Systems Program Office (PMA-234) welcomed more than 75 family members and guests to the inaugural JAM Fest at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

The event, dubbed JAM Fest in a nod to radar jammers, was designed to provide family members an inside look at how program office personnel support the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. It was also an opportunity for the next generation to learn how they could support the warfighter in the future.

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Up, Up And Away: Navy And Marine Corps JROTC Academy Takes Flight

Up, Up And Away: Navy And Marine Corps JROTC Academy Takes Flight

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Department of the Navy (DON) is setting its sights sky-high through sponsorship of the Navy and Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Flight Academy. The Navy and Marine Corps Academy is managed by the Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF), and was established to increase diversity in the field of aviation.

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Promoting Ph.D.S: Advancing National Defense, Doctoral Style

Promoting Ph.D.S: Advancing National Defense, Doctoral Style

ARLINGTON, Va.— During the closing presentation of a week-long conference focused on America’s best and brightest Ph.D. students, whose research is focused on U.S. national security, Dr. Bindu Nair — director of Basic Research for the Office of the Secretary of Defense — stared at the crowd of hundreds of young people.

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25th Annual RoboSub Competition Showcases an Autonomous Future

25th Annual RoboSub Competition Showcases an Autonomous Future

ARLINGTON, Va. — This past week, the 25th Annual RoboSub competition occurred at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. RoboSub is an international robotics competition where student teams design, build, test and operate their own robotic submarines — autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) — in challenging underwater environments.

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