FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 29, 2010
By ONR Corporate Strategic Communications
ARLINGTON, Va.-The Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Navy and Marine Corps' science and technology provider; and Iridescent, a nonprofit group supporting underserved youth, are launching an educational studio in Bronx, N.Y., on Nov. 4 to fuel that community's interest in science and mathematics.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will join Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Nevin Carr at the official opening of Iridescent's newest center at 4 p.m. at 890 Garrison Ave. in Hunts Point, Bronx.
"The Navy and Marine Corps have a stake in strengthening the future science and engineering workforce," Mabus said. "Our investment in programs like Iridescent demonstrates our commitment toward improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for students across the country. This program is transforming the lives of children who might not otherwise be exposed to the wonders of technology and innovation."
ONR's partnership with Iridescent is part of a Department of Defense-wide campaign to grow a diverse STEM talent pool that will benefit future warfighters.
"Iridescent gets students excited about learning and passionate about inventing. They take everyday science topics and bring them to life through inspiring mentors and hands-on experiments," Carr said. "Using the simplest of tools, they are able to create and build real-world items such as houses, birds, roller coasters and boats; and then test the underlying science or engineering concepts. It is truly amazing to watch these children as they experience their first 'a-ha' moment."
Along with Navy officials, the event is expected to draw representatives from state and local government, as well as hundreds of youths and their parents to the 2,750-square-foot facility.
In addition to ONR, more than 11 exhibitors will be represented at the Nov. 4 event, including the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, R.I., and NASA. Visitors to the science center will get hands-on experience with robotics and other interactive demonstrations.
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About the Office of Naval Research
The Office of Naval Research provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps' technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 70 countries, 1,035 institutions of higher learning and 914 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,400 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel, with additional employees at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.