For Immediate Release: June 10, 2021
By Warren Duffie Jr., Office of Naval Research
ARLINGTON, Va.—Meet some of the Department of the Navy’s (DoN) science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) interns and scholar alumni. Learn about engineering design for parachutes; bio-inspired research, including the science of seal tracking; and deep-submergence rescue vehicles, which are mini-submarines designed for rescue missions.
These are a few of the topics spotlighted in the Naval Horizons student essay contest—an educational video series from the DoN's Naval STEM education and outreach program.
This virtual effort aims to inspire high school students by raising their awareness of the real-world science and technology challenges facing the Navy and Marine Corps today. The high school contest expands on the Naval Horizons contest launched last year, which focused on college students. More than 10 new videos have been added to highlight internship and scholarship alumni, broaden the awareness of student opportunities and illuminate the many pathways to STEM careers.
“Naval Horizons is encouraging these students to picture themselves in STEM careers where they are designing the Navy and Marine Corps of the future,” said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin C. Selby. “We are seeking enthusiastic individuals who can get excited about the impactful professional possibilities in naval science and technology.
“I remember being inspired by the Apollo missions and the Moon landing when I was a kid,” continued Selby, who is also the Naval STEM executive. “It is my hope that Naval Horizons will inspire current and future generations of students to consider STEM paths. We need their vision as we re-imagine naval power.”
The DoN’s Naval STEM Coordination Office, located at the Office of Naval Research (ONR), oversees investments in education, outreach and workforce initiatives. This enables the U.S. to cultivate the technical workforce needed to keep the Navy and Marine Corps on the leading edge of scientific and technological innovation.
Naval Horizons is designed to introduce high school students to cutting-edge topics impacting the Navy and Marine Corps. It does so through online videos covering nearly 20 research areas—including autonomy, oceanography, cybersecurity and undersea medicine. In each video, naval scientists and engineers discuss the applicability of their work.
For the essay contest, high school students are invited to learn about naval research topics by watching the videos. They then should submit an essay that explains how they’re inspired by naval research and the naval workforce—and provide a futurist vision of the Navy and Marine Corps.
The essay contest will close at 11:59 p.m. on July 30. Essay contest winners will be announced on Aug. 30. Judges will select up to 5,000 winners, all of whom will receive cash prizes.
“This is a valuable opportunity for high school students to learn about diverse, state-of-the-art science and technology areas applicable to naval challenges,” said Sandy Landsberg, who is both the Naval STEM Coordination Office executive and a division director in the Information, Cyber and Spectrum Superiority Department at ONR. “Naval Horizons will showcase leading experts—as well as their innovative research—to get students thinking about how they could potentially use science and technology to design the future.”
Those interested in learning about the Naval Horizons contest should visit https://navalhorizons.us.
While this contest is designed specifically for high school students, we invite everyone to watch the videos related to Naval STEM.
Warren Duffie Jr. is a contractor for ONR Corporate Strategic Communications.
About the Office of Naval Research
The Department of the Navy’s 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, 55 countries, 634 institutions of higher learning and nonprofit institutions, and more than 960 industry partners. ONR, through its commands, including headquarters, ONR Global and the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., employs more than 3,800 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel.