USNA Hosts Girls Only STEM Day
Sixth through eighth graders participated in hands-on activities and science and engineering workshops
The United States Naval Academy (USNA) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Center hosted a Girls Only STEM Day on October 14, 2017 in Annapolis, Maryland, providing 6th – 8th graders with hands-on activities and workshops focused on science and engineering.
The USNA STEM Center hosted 230 girls from Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, New York, and New Jersey middle schools and provided them with the opportunity to meet female technologists, both civilian and military faculty members, who highlighted relevant academic programs and discussed their STEM careers working on cutting-edge technology. Forty-eight midshipmen and 15 faculty, staff, and officers participated as team leaders or module instructors. Additional support was provided by the Office of Naval Research Reserve Community and the Women's Engineering Duty Officer Community.
The theme of the event, “STEM AROUND THE WORLD,” featured midshipmen and faculty-led interactive modules such as North Pole Magnetism, the Arctic Ice Cube Thermo Challenge, Australian Biomimicry, South American Rain Forest Chemistry, and London Bridge Mechanical Design. The attendees were also challenged to design and build a functioning mini-sailboat for the Paris Olympics 2024 Sailing Race Challenge.
The goal of the Girls STEM Program is to encourage young women to pursue STEM careers by providing STEM role models and to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers, ready to meet 21st Century challenges.
Information in this post was excerpted from the following USNA press release: https://www.usna.edu/NewsCenter/sites/STEM/2017/2017-10-14-girlsday.php.
To learn more about USNA STEM efforts, please visit: https://www.usna.edu/STEM/.