As part of a growing effort to get the nation’s high school students interested in pursuing the growing field of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the U.S. Navy along with digital education content provider Discovery Education, is partnering to launch Navy STEM for the Classroom.
This program will give high school students access to cutting-edge, real world applications of STEM by accessing Naval STEM technologies, as well as gaining first-hand knowledge of the careers that shape this thriving industry.
“This is a great opportunity to help young people interested in science, technology, engineering, and math,” said Rear Adm. Earl Gay, Commander, Navy Recruiting Command. “The success of our Navy tomorrow depends upon the education of young men and women today. Many of these young Americans are seeking a challenge in pursuit of a higher calling. When this higher calling is supported by a strong STEM foundation, I know our Navy and our nation will be in the great hands of these future leaders.”
Under the goals of the program, students will use multi-platform online learning tools provided by Discovery Education that offer STEM lesson plans, as well as complimentary videos and interactive widgets. Specifically, students will learn how the Navy applies math and science to its missions, including how the principles of physical oceanography and meteorology affect ocean navigation to the importance of gas laws as applied to deep ocean diving. As a result, students will be given a comprehensive hands-on approach to STEM concepts that integrate classroom work with real-world scenarios.
This Navy initiative also falls in line with the goals of the Obama administration in its push to improve STEM field outreach, as well as encourage young people to establish themselves in a career that can only benefit the nation.
“The Department of the Navy is facing tremendous workforce pressures,” said Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder. “In a few short years, nearly half of our science and engineering professionals will be retirement eligible. Collectively, the DoN’s STEM initiatives, which reach students in all 50 states, engaging with more than 5,000 teachers and 80,000 students, are an effective way to help ensure a strong Naval STEM workforce in the future. This effort is a great addition in the ongoing commitment to our national security”
If successful, the Navy STEM for the Classroom program would engage students in the field of science and technology, as well as empower young people to get involved with the Navy to advance the interests of America. For more information on the Navy STEM for the Classroom program or to access the online resources, please visit navystemfortheclassroom.com.