a creative hands-on science and
engineering program that allows elementary students to explore
the scientific and physical world in which they live in an
innovative and fun manner. Activities range anywhere from;
creating ice cream from scratch (an all time favorite among the
students) to making batteries out of lemons.
MATHCOUNTS: (Grades 6-8) a national enrichment club and
competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement
through grassroots involvement. Students participate in fun and
challenging math programs and games that further improve their
foundational understanding of science, math, and engineering. Currently
in its 27th year, MATHCOUNTS is one of the nation’s largest and most
successful education partnerships involving volunteers, educators,
industry sponsors and students. If you enjoy solving mathematical
equations mentally, racing against time to solve an intricate numerical
problem, or simply have a passion for numbers, then this is the program
for you! Don’t miss out on this fun opportunity!
The SeaPerch Engineering Club:
an after school program that will reach 130 students during the 2009-10
school year and provide the opportunity to build a remotely operated vehicle
(ROV) called the Seaperch. STEM professionals from NUWC assist students in the
engineering of the undersea vehicle while helping them understand critical
concepts such as buoyancy and electrical circuitry.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and
Technology):Division Newport has an additional Educational
Partnership Agreement with Aquidneck Island Robotics (AIR) to
support FIRST activities.
AIR is an educational 4-H club dedicated to mentoring local
youth about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
subjects, and teaching through competitive robotics. AIR is
organized under the National 4-H Council and locally under the Rhode Island 4-H
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC):
FRC teams are allowed approximately six weeks to conceptualize, design,
prototype, build, and test their robots before they are required to put down
all tools and ship their robots to their respective regional.
This program enables students to learn about the scientific and
technological challenges, opportunities, and rewards that exist within the
Team 78 recently placed second in a
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC):
FTC is for 14-18 year-olds. The name of the game is Hot Shot, which pits two
alliances (red and blue), consisting of two teams each, against one another.
The object of the game is to score wiffle balls, both autonomously and
teleoperated, into goals both on the field and off the field. This program
was developed to encourage students to build and design their own robots as
well as team spirit.
FIRST Lego League (FLL): An exciting and fun
global robotics program that ignites an enthusiasm for discovery, science,
and technology in kids ages 9 to 14. The name of the game is Smart Move,
which gives the students first-hand experience in getting a sensor-equipped
vehicle (the robot) to gain access to places and things, while avoiding or
surviving impacts, all in a test environment.
Undersea Technology Apprentice Program
(UTAP): (Grades 9-12)
UTAP is two 4-weeks long summer sessions in which approximately 40
students from local partnering schools work part-time alongside Division Newport
scientists and engineers. This is a fun and rewarding program which gives
volunteers the chance to mentor and build lasting relationships with students as
they face real-world scientific and engineering projects today and in the
Naval Research Engineering Intern Program
NREIP is the capstone of the educational outreach program and engages
undergraduate and graduate level university students in a 10 week internship at
NUWC during the summer academic recess.
Internships include a stipend, partially funded by the Office of Naval
Research, and are focused on research to sustain the Navy’s current fleet as
well as lay the foundation for development of its future battle force.
During 2010, NUWC will host 32 students in this highly competitive
Innovation Award (Science Fair) -
NUWC also provides the NUWC Innovation Award to the
winners at both the junior and senior level of the fair.
Bring a Child to Work Day:
Approximately 400 students, ages 9-17, participate each year in NUWC's
Bring a Child to Work Day event.
In addition to tours of NUWC Division Newport's laboratory
facilities, students and their parents partake in scientific experiments and
demonstrations presented by some of the Navy’s top
scientists and engineers. Throughout the day, students attend interactive
demonstrations such as “What’s faster a Cheetah or a Torpedo?,” “Tour the
Anechoic Chamber Room”, “Chemistry Magic Show,” “Lasers: Remote detection of
Naval Science Awards Program
(NSAP) – recognizes high school and middle school students who
participate in regional and state science and engineering fairs. Any science
fair in which more than two or more high schools are represented are eligible.
ONR recruits volunteers to be judges and presenters at each fair.