Educational Outreach

 

NAWCTSD is committed to energizing STEM education in area schools by partnering scientists and engineers with teachers in classrooms to facilitate inquiry and design through project-based learning. NAWCTSD provides training opportunities for professional development of science and math teachers, provides mentors for robotics, STEM clubs, summer interns and at risk students, provides tours of NAWCTSD laboratories and demonstrations of modeling and simulation technologies for students and educators, and supports science fairs, teach-ins, science/technology field trips and summer camps.

U.S. Navy File Photo/Released      

Community Snapshot

To enhance STEM education in the Central Florida area, NAWCTSD has partnered with Orange, Seminole, Brevard, and Volusia County Public Schools, the University of Central Florida, the National Center for Simulation Education and Workforce Development Committee, the Central Florida STEM Education Council (CFSEC) and its members the Florida High Tech Corridor Council's techPATH, the Orlando Science Center, and the U.S. Naval Academy.

                                                                                                                                                    

 

STEM Program

The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) supports Navy and Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs throughout Central Florida. Through the National Defense Education Program (NDEP), NAWCTSD is addressing the nation’s challenge to educate, train, recruit, and retain personnel in STEM-critical skills in shortfall disciplines for National Security and Defense.

The Navy’s STEM is built around five priorities:

  1. Inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers (S&Es).
  2. Engage students and build their STEM confidence and skills through hands-on learning activities.
  3. Educate students to be well prepared for employment in STEM careers.
  4. Employ, retain, and develop Naval STEM professionals.
  5. Collaborate on STEM efforts across the Department of the Navy, the Federal government, and best practice organizations.

While NAWCTSD’s official implementation of NDEP-supported STEM initiatives began in late 2009, it has had a 25-year partnership with the Blankner School (K-8) in Orange County, Florida. NAWCTSD has provided mentors, laboratory tours, job-shadow opportunities, and awards/incentives for these students. NAWCTSD has also had strong relationships with the University of Central Florida (UCF), providing internship opportunities for UCF students.

NAWCTSD provides high school and college students with summer internship opportunities, to include the following programs: Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP), Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP), and Joint Educational Opportunities for Minorities (JEOM).

 

U.S. Navy File Photo / Released

 

Numerous STEM development opportunities are also provided for the NAWCTSD workforce such as Naval Post Graduate School courses for degrees/certifications, Defense Acquisition University (DAU) courses and certifications, Naval Air Systems Command leadership development courses, and Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program.

Today, NAWCTSD is committed to energizing STEM education in regional schools by partnering our scientists and engineers with teachers in classrooms to facilitate inquiry and design project-based learning. It also provides training opportunities for professional development of science and math teachers, and provides mentors for robotics teams and summer interns. Tours of NAWCTSD laboratories and demonstrations of modeling and simulation technologies for students and educators are also central to the program. NAWCTSD also supports science fairs, teach-ins, science/technology field trips, and summer camps.

Contact Information:
Telephone: (407) 380-4103
Fax: (407) 381-8744

Outreach Activities

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 :

FIRST Robotics

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 Olympiads

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.

SeaPerch

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.

Summer Interns

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 Program’s 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 summer.

Partners

To enhance STEM education in the Central Florida area, NAWCTSD has partnered with the following organizations:

Overview

Educational Outreach

 

NAWCTSD is committed to energizing STEM education in area schools by partnering scientists and engineers with teachers in classrooms to facilitate inquiry and design through project-based learning. NAWCTSD provides training opportunities for professional development of science and math teachers, provides mentors for robotics, STEM clubs, summer interns and at risk students, provides tours of NAWCTSD laboratories and demonstrations of modeling and simulation technologies for students and educators, and supports science fairs, teach-ins, science/technology field trips and summer camps.

U.S. Navy File Photo/Released      

Community Snapshot

To enhance STEM education in the Central Florida area, NAWCTSD has partnered with Orange, Seminole, Brevard, and Volusia County Public Schools, the University of Central Florida, the National Center for Simulation Education and Workforce Development Committee, the Central Florida STEM Education Council (CFSEC) and its members the Florida High Tech Corridor Council's techPATH, the Orlando Science Center, and the U.S. Naval Academy.

                                                                                                                                                    

 

STEM Program

STEM Program

The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) supports Navy and Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs throughout Central Florida. Through the National Defense Education Program (NDEP), NAWCTSD is addressing the nation’s challenge to educate, train, recruit, and retain personnel in STEM-critical skills in shortfall disciplines for National Security and Defense.

The Navy’s STEM is built around five priorities:

  1. Inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers (S&Es).
  2. Engage students and build their STEM confidence and skills through hands-on learning activities.
  3. Educate students to be well prepared for employment in STEM careers.
  4. Employ, retain, and develop Naval STEM professionals.
  5. Collaborate on STEM efforts across the Department of the Navy, the Federal government, and best practice organizations.

While NAWCTSD’s official implementation of NDEP-supported STEM initiatives began in late 2009, it has had a 25-year partnership with the Blankner School (K-8) in Orange County, Florida. NAWCTSD has provided mentors, laboratory tours, job-shadow opportunities, and awards/incentives for these students. NAWCTSD has also had strong relationships with the University of Central Florida (UCF), providing internship opportunities for UCF students.

NAWCTSD provides high school and college students with summer internship opportunities, to include the following programs: Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP), Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP), and Joint Educational Opportunities for Minorities (JEOM).

 

U.S. Navy File Photo / Released

 

Numerous STEM development opportunities are also provided for the NAWCTSD workforce such as Naval Post Graduate School courses for degrees/certifications, Defense Acquisition University (DAU) courses and certifications, Naval Air Systems Command leadership development courses, and Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program.

Today, NAWCTSD is committed to energizing STEM education in regional schools by partnering our scientists and engineers with teachers in classrooms to facilitate inquiry and design project-based learning. It also provides training opportunities for professional development of science and math teachers, and provides mentors for robotics teams and summer interns. Tours of NAWCTSD laboratories and demonstrations of modeling and simulation technologies for students and educators are also central to the program. NAWCTSD also supports science fairs, teach-ins, science/technology field trips, and summer camps.

Contact Information:
Telephone: (407) 380-4103
Fax: (407) 381-8744

Outreach Activities

Outreach Activities

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 :

FIRST Robotics

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 Olympiads

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.

SeaPerch

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.

Summer Interns

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 Program’s 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 summer.

Partners

Partners

To enhance STEM education in the Central Florida area, NAWCTSD has partnered with the following organizations: