The Department of the Navy (DoN) recognizes that a healthy STEM workforce is critical to meeting the Navy and Marine Corps' greatest challenges. As such, the DoN actively engages in efforts to improve STEM education in the United States. The Naval STEM Coordination Office, located at the Office of Naval Research, under the leadership of the Chief of Naval Research as the Naval STEM Executive, serves as the central coordination and information resource for Naval STEM efforts. These efforts, implemented at naval commands and facilities, aim to:
- Inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers Engage students and build their STEM confidence and skills through hands-on learning activities that incorporate naval-relevant content
- Educate students to be well prepared for employment in STEM careers that support the Navy and Marine Corps
- Employ, retain and constantly develop naval STEM professionals
- Collaborate on STEM efforts across the DoN, federal government and best practice organizations.
The DoN provides learning opportunities from elementary school through graduate school to inspire and cultivate a diverse pool of exceptional STEM talent. DoN programs connect STEM education in the classroom to the excitement, skills, and challenges that come with safeguarding our country.
Navy Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division supports the Naval STEM efforts by participating in a number of STEM Program Areas.