For Immediate Release: March 10, 2011
By Katherine H. Crawford, Office of Naval Research
ARLINGTON, Va.—In its continuing effort to encourage youth to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the Office of Naval Research (ONR) joined educators at a national conference scheduled March 10-13 in San Francisco.
Expected to draw more than 10,000 attendees, the 2011 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference features exhibits and workshops focused on the organization’s mission of promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning.
ONR and NSTA share the same ultimate goal: to foster student interest in STEM, said Dr. Anthony Junior, ONR’s education programs manager.
“ONR’s presence at the NSTA conference will inform people of the Navy’s programs and efforts in the STEM disciplines,” Junior said. “It will also give us an opportunity to learn about new technologies in advancing and teaching STEM curriculum. We are joining a community of educators, teachers and professionals so we can leverage those relationships.”
As the demographic landscape of America changes, the need for a diverse workforce to meet the Navy’s technological challenges is even more vital, Junior added. “We have a dire need to identify and to help educate and grow the next generation of STEM professionals who may come to work for the Navy,” he said.
ONR’s exhibit is located at Booth 1441 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. ONR provides educational outreach materials through its STEM2Stern website: www.stem2stern.org.
About the Office of Naval Research
The Department of the Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) 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 Lab in Washington, D.C.