The Navy has launched a new virtual effort in an attempt to attract STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) students to its ranks.
Naval Horizons, a video educational series, launched Oct. 27 in an attempt to “inspire college students by raising their awareness of the real-world science and technology challenges of today,” the Navy said in a statement.
The Navy is hoping the program will find talented, passionate students who want a career in naval science and technology.
“A crucial part of Naval STEM is diversity,” said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin C. Selby in the statement. “The Navy and Marine Corps are looking for students with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Many breakthroughs in human history have occurred by bringing together people with different insights and thought processes. This kind of collaboration will help us address naval challenges of the future.”
The program will introduce students to “cutting-edge topics” in the Navy and Marine Corps using videos covering around 20 research areas, like moving energy and undersea medicine. Scientists and engineers talk about the applicability of their work in the videos.
The Navy invites students who watch the videos to submit a report on the state of the art and a futurist vision of the Navy and Marine Corps in 2040. The first 3,000 submissions to meet evaluation criteria will be awarded $200.
“This is an excellent opportunity for college students to learn about a wide range of state-of-the-art science and technology areas applicable to naval challenges,” said Sandy Landsberg, who is both the Naval STEM Coordination Office executive and a division director in the Information, Cyber and Spectrum Superiority Department at the Office of Naval Research. “Naval Horizons will introduce leading experts to inspire students to think about how they can use science and technology to design the future.”
You can learn more at navalhorizons.asee.org
MAIN PHOTO: WASHINGTON (Oct. 28, 2020) The U.S. Naval STEM team will launch the Naval Horizons challenge, a new educational video series designed to introduce viewers to cutting-edge topics impacting the Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy graphic)