Naval STEM Forum
Students' declining interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers adversely affects the future operations and capabilities of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, posing a challenge to the country's economic health and national defense. So, together with the Secretary of the Navy, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) is energizing the Navy's STEM strategy. ONR hosted the 2011 Naval STEM Forum, June 15-16, 2011. (Download a fact sheet about the naval STEM initiative)
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Forum Goals and Focus Areas
The Naval STEM Forum:
- Introduced and advanced awareness of the Department of Navy’s (DoN's) STEM strategy and initiatives
- Presented workforce and STEM challenges affecting the Navy and discussed potential collaborative solutions with participants
- Sparked dialogue on effective STEM initiatives and education research to improve learning strategies.
From its beginnings, the U.S. Navy has been a leader in leveraging technology and developing science-based solutions to defend U.S. interests. Today’s investments in science and technology research will help the Navy maintain its edge as the high-tech service of the future.
By introducing exciting and interactive science programs into classrooms and community learning centers, DoN aims to encourage more students into the STEM pipeline. Forum topics included a strong emphasis on K-12 engagement and collaboration, opportunities to motivate students into STEM disciplines, and educational research.