Sailors, engineers, scientists, technicians, and support personnel at NAWCTSD, represent a wealth of knowledge and expertise in a wide variety
of training, engineering and science topics. NAWCTSD provides mentors and job shadowing
opportunities for students attending partner schools. Also, NAWCTSD provides support for
STEM-related events/activities at area schools. Examples of these events/activities are :
NAWCTSD scientists and engineers mentor/coach Middle School FIRST Lego League teams and High
School FIRST Tech Challenge teams. Teams are formed in partner schools and participate in FIRST
Robotics competitions. Information on FIRST Robotics may be found at www.usfirst.org.
I/ITSEC Student Tours
NAWCTSD provides employee-led tour guides for student tours at the annual Interservice/Industry
Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC). I/ITSEC showcases the latest in training
and modeling & simulation technologies. Tour guides are scientists, engineers, program managers who
share their knowledge and experience in M&S/Training System Development/Delivery. More information
about I/ITSEC and student tours may be found at the I/ITSEC website.
Material World Modules, Scientists and Engineers (S&Es) Co-teach
Materials World Modules (MWM) are hands-on, inquiry and design-based units for middle and high
school students. MWM connects science and mathematics in the classroom to contemporary issues.
NAWCTSD provides MWM kits and mentor support for teachers and students. More information about
MWM may be found at the Materials World Modules website.
Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets.
Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of
genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and
technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide
cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group
participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and
business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal.
NAWCTSD has coordinated training of NAWCTSD S&Es with teachers and trainers from Seminole
and Orange County Public Schools, the Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida,
the Orlando Science Center (OSC), and the YMCA. As a result of this training, SeaPerch clubs
have been formed in Seminole County Public Schools, the OSC continues to offer SeaPerch summer
camp sessions, the Army PEO STRI continues to use SeaPerch in its summer intern program, and
the YMCA uses the SeaPerch activity in its after school programs.
Every summer, NAWCTSD scientists and engineers (S&Es) mentor high school and college
undergraduate/graduate students through the Office of Naval Research (ONR) internship programs,
Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) and Naval Research Enterprise Internship
Program (NREIP), and the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Programís Joint
Educational Opportunities for Minorities (JEOM) internship program. SEAP places academically
talented high school students with interest and ability in science and mathematics as
apprentices in Department of the Navy laboratories for eight weeks during the summer.
NREIP is a ten-week intern program designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate and
graduate students to participate in research, under the guidance of an appropriate research
mentor, at a participating Navy laboratory. Students from the local area high schools, the
University of Central Florida and other universities were mentored by NAWCTSD S&Es this past