Career Academies is a Program hosted by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce that the NIWC Atlantic STEM Outreach Program is participating in as part of our mission to promote science, technology, engineering, & math (STEM) to our next generation.
Career Academies are Schools within Schools where students can enter a focused, career-based, field of study, similar to that of a college or university. In these Academies, high school students work in a learning environment that reflects the atmosphere and expectations of a real-work workplace.
NIWC participates in Academy Advisory Boards, and hosts "Hack-a-thons" where students have the opportunity to learn how to program.
Visit the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Career Academies Website for more information: http://www.charlestonchamber.net/careeracademies/
You are willing to volunteer, we need you. Rookie volunteers will be teamed up with senior volunteers who have Career Fair experience, or given Career Fair training to achieve maximum results and provide mentoring. Generally, two volunteers will be selected for each school on a first come, first served basis. A NWA will be provided based on resources and hours of events during the workday. Permission from supervisory chain must be received to participate during working hours. After-hours events are volunteer only.
Where: At as many elementary, middle, and high schools as possible.
What: Talk about NIWC Atlantic and STEM. Educate students on what they can do to work for NIWC Atlantic, especially giving them examples of different types of Engineering. Provide question and answer sessions about technological areas of study, demonstrate use of certain technologies such as wifi or 802.11b (wireless internet), Bluetooth, Ipads, etc.
Why: Studies have shown that the U.S. has a shortage of students willing to pursue STEM degrees, which will be detrimental to our nation and its security in the future. NIWC Atlantic wants to encourage students to pursue STEM by giving them insight into the benefits of STEM, as well as to promote interest in fields that may not have been previously introduced to students. By raising student awareness to the need in technological areas, students can make informed choices during their educational careers that will benefit their futures.
How: Go to the NIWC Atlantic Educational Outreach Calendar to look for upcoming Career Fairs and email the Career Fair Leads to request to volunteer for that event. (MS Outlook Calendar / Open Calendar / Open Shared Calendar / NIWC Atlantic Educational Outreach
NIWC Atlantic support a variety of STEM events, expos, and festivals throughout the year. Teams bring hands-on activities, demos, and subject matter experts to help students learn about opportunities in STEM and at NIWC Atlantic. Events can be either during working hours or on weekends. Examples events are:
Girl’s Day Out (GDO) is a multi-day event hosted in the Charleston, SC, NOLA, and Hampton Roads, VA locations; and is geared towards encouraging the next generation of women to become scientists, technicians, engineers, and mathematicians.
GDO is an informative event for young women between the ages of 11 – 14, structured to teach them about various STEM degrees and college admission requirements, with a goal of helping them make appropriate curriculum choices in high school that will prepare them for their pursuit of an advanced degree.
NIWC Atlantic is currently growing the GIS project as part of our STEM Outreach.
“A geographic information system (GIS)
is a framework for gathering, managing, and analyzing data. Rooted in the science of geography, GIS integrates many types of data. It analyzes spatial location and organizes layers of information into visualizations using maps and 3D scenes.” www.ESRI.com
The Department of Defense uses GIS to create maps and information products that help with decision making. It helps the military to understand their total force and ensure operation readiness.
The Department of the Navy’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Cybersecurity Information Assurance and Machine Learning Program is designed to be the Navy’s premier cyber outreach effort to undergraduate and graduate computer science, computer engineering and data science students attending the nation’s HBCU/MI’s. How Does It Work? The DoN HBCU/MI Cyber Program is a two phased program consisting of a Phase I and a Phase II. Phase I: Jan-April, Mentorship Phase II: June-August, Internship
NIWC Atlantic provides opportunities for students to engage in hands on STEM experience through student work programs. Current programs being supported are:
The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)
The Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP)
An Adult NIWC Atlantic Lunch Buddy Volunteer is paired with a student at local Elementary or Middle School (depending on location). Students range from 3rd – 8th grades and have been chosen by the school and, as needed, the school counselor will provide individual details about the student. Female students are paired with female adults and male students with male adults.
Each month you meet to have lunch with your buddy; with the school encouraging that some emphasis be placed on student reading points. During certain sessions, there will be special events that you and your buddy can participate in.
The School Tours goal is to provide students insight into STEM career fields, promote interest in such fields, and raise awareness of the need for qualified STEM professionals. School Tours is a career exploration activity by motivating participants to expand and meet their educational career goals. It allows participants an opportunity to see the relationship between their educational experience and career choices.
Atlantic invites middle, high school, and university students and their teachers to visit the command.
Tours are offered to groups of no more than 25 participants, including chaperones.
Each tour is unique. Tours are specific to the needs of the school such as: air traffic control, electrical engineering, science, computer technology, power/energy, weather, networks, radio frequency, electromagnetic testing, etc.
NIWC Atlantic benefits by helping to shape and hire the brightest in support of our future workforce.
Pilot Program: The STEM Mobile Apps began as a way to provide summer interns real and rewarding work by developing a mobile app for the Charleston STEM Festival. It has grown into an opportunity to provide training to NIWC Atlantic employees in mobile app development.
Intent: Train NIWC Atlantic employees how to develop Mobile Apps for the US Navy. During the pilot, Interns and New Professionals with rotation hours will be offered the opportunity to participate in the program. Training can be done remotely, allowing all offices to participate.
NIWC Atlantic has a long-standing tradition of supporting Robotics programs in local schools, with Robotics programs in Charleston, Hampton Roads, and New Orleans. NIWC Atlantic mentors help to guide their teams to complete a specified Robotics Project, culminating in end of season competitions.
Each of these Programs teaches students a variety of skills in:
SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Students build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. SeaPerch provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics, while learning engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.
Building a SeaPerch ROV teaches basic skills in ship and submarine design and encourages students to explore naval architecture and marine and ocean engineering principles. It also teaches basic science and engineering concepts, tool safety, and technical procedures. Students are exposed to exciting careers that are possible in naval architecture and naval, ocean, and marine engineering.
Students can enter their ROVs in the SeaPerch Challenge - a district-wide one-day design competition. The Challenge fosters an end goal, rewards sportsmanship, spirit and presentation skills, as well as mastery of the concepts. Winners of local or regional Challenges can compete in the National SeaPerch Challenge, held each Spring.
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) engages students with hands-on STEM experiences designed to build confidence, grow knowledge and develop habits of learning.
FIRST LEGO League is divided into three divisions: FLL Discover (PreK-1), FLL Explore (Grades 2-4), and FLL Challenge (Grades 4-8), where students experiment and grow their critical thinking, design, and coding skills. FLL Explore and Challenge teams build autonomous robots that complete courses, build a team project, and are judged on gracious professionalism.
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is the “The varsity Sport for the Mind.” In FRC, teams are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.
In FIRST Tech Challenge, students compete head-to-head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams.
NIWC Atlantic supports multiple Cyber Security events each year to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) to students throughout the Lowcountry. During these events, students have the opportunity to sharpen their skills and promote their learning of Cyber Security through hands-on activities. Additionally, Cyber events encourage students to begin thinking about their college career by exposing them to various degree programs that fall into the Cyber Security spectrum.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math
The overarching goal of the NIWC Atlantic STEM Outreach Program is to collaborate with academia, other government organizations, local businesses, and professional organizations to increase STEM interest and literacy in our communities, and to provide an adequate pipeline of STEM talent that will be required for the future.
To achieve this goal, NIWC Atlantic volunteers in Charleston, Hampton Roads, and NOLA participate in a variety of STEM related projects that promote STEM learning, with a special focus on promoting STEM in local Elementary, Middle, and High Schools.