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Science Club: (Grades 4-6) 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: (Grades 6-8) 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 Cooperative Extension.

  • FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC): Team 78: 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 engineering world.  Team 78 recently placed second in a New England regional competition. SeaPerch

  • 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 future.

Naval Research Engineering Intern Program (NREIP) 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 program.  

NUWC 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: (Ages 9-17) 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 Pulse Waveform.”

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.


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