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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:SeaPerch (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.

Undersea Camp:(Grades 6-8) One-week summer sessions in which middle school students are given the chance to build Seaperch vehicles. Volunteers assist students in their endeavor to build the most inventive and “hip” Seaperch Vehicle using simple materials such as PVC pipes, motors, buoys, wires, etc. Students are given exactly one week to complete their undersea vehicles before testing them in the murky waters of the tank. A fun opportunity that gives volunteers the chance to mentor young students for one week during the summer.

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.

  • 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.

Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) An intensive eight week introduction to the engineering profession for high school students during their summer vacation period. The FY 2010 program includes a two week core curriculum in many of NUWC’s research departments for 35 aspiring engineering students.  Students receive a modest stipend for their participation.

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.  Winners of the award at the senior level (who are also over the age of 16) are offered a summer internship at the Division through the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).

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.”

Bring a Future Engineer to Work: (Grades 9-12) Approximately 175 high school students from local partner schools tour NUWC Division Newport for a day, and take part in demonstrations and special programs to give them a better understanding of the scientific and engineering world.

Super Submarine Science: (Grades 2-5) is a self-contained Power Point presentation with embedded video that looks at submarines and the special science they need to run. This program was developed in 2001 and is continually updated. It is based on the curriculum developed for the “Undersea At Underwood” program, a 6-week hands-on effort to work with each classroom at the Underwood Elementary School in Newport to teach the students about sound. Super Submarine Science has been broken down into two units – one on sound and an additional one on electricity. A constructivist lesson plan is being developed to provide background material and handouts for the class to work on before the presentation along with material and experiments the class can work on after the presentation. The presentation can be presented to a single classroom, or several at a time, reinforcing the need for follow-on material to allow students a chance for hands-on experimentation.

Science and Engineering In Your Future: (Grades 6-8) a display, with video, that can be presented at middle school career fairs to help peak students interest in pursuing a career in science and engineering. A Power point presentation with embedded video has been developed and is used as a backdrop for talking to students about science and engineering. Three pull-up displays were developed for use as a backdrop.

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.

Collegiate Engineer Tours - will be conducted once a year to bring local college students (in groups like SWE, or IEEE) through the Division to expose them to the type of work we do and the opportunities here. Tours will be similar in nature to those of Bring a Future Engineer to Work Day, taking into account the audience education level.

University Laboratory Initiative (ULI) – brings college faculty onto the Division to work side-by-side with our engineers to advance research and develop new classroom material.

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