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BALTIMORE - Visitors and area students were treated to displays of Navy medicine and technology while walking around the Inner Harbor during the Star-Spangled Spectacular, Sept. 10-16, 2014. They interacted with simulations of aircraft carrier catapult operation, laparoscopic surgery, standard robotics, explosive ordnance disposal robots and displays and some asked questions about Navy careers.

The displays were organized through Navy Recruiting District Philadelphia and Navy Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to inform the public, and specifically students, of what technological improvements have been made to meet the Navy's mission and to show them examples of Navy careers.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Clifford C. Jordan, of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Six (EODMU-6), describes the capabilities of the Qinetiq Talon Explosive Ordnance Disposal robot to students of Digital Harbor High School of Baltimore on September 11, 2014. This event celebrates the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore, which provided the backdrop for Francis Scott Key's famous poem, "Defence of Fort McHenry," which later became America's national anthem. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class William Mosley)
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Clifford C. Jordan, of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Six (EODMU-6), describes the capabilities of the Qinetiq Talon Explosive Ordnance Disposal robot to students of Digital Harbor High School of Baltimore on September 11, 2014. This event celebrates the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore, which provided the backdrop for Francis Scott Key's famous poem, "Defence of Fort McHenry," which later became America's national anthem. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class William Mosley)

The Department of the Navy's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program aims to increase, inspire and support the talent pool from which the next-generation of great Sailors, naval engineers and scientists will come. It seeks to engage students and build their STEM confidence and skill through hands-on learning activities that incorporate naval-relevant content.

“We're looking for people to excel on the technology side,” said Commander Michael Thomas, executive officer of Navy Recruiting District Philadelphia. “We seek those who are already good in science and math so that we can put them in the jobs and this creates awareness of what the Navy's technical capabilities are.”

The Navy is reaching out to and engaging in efforts to improve STEM education in the United States over the next decade. It's recognized that a workforce proficient in STEM is critical in meeting the Navy and Marine Corps' greatest challenges.

“The bomb suits and the robots are interesting,” replied Isaiah Holland, a student of Digital Harbor High of Baltimore. “It opened my eyes to things I didn't know about, like, what the Navy is really about.”

By introducing exciting and interactive science programs into classrooms and community learning centers, the Navy aims to encourage more students into the STEM pipeline. It seeks to become involved with a strong emphasis on K-12 engagement and collaboration, opportunities to motivate students into STEM disciplines, and educational research

“What we're showing here is what they're money is going towards,” said Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Jeffrey Gansmann of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two, of Little Creek, Virginia, as he walked through the Inner Harbor crowd, with an iRobot PickBot 310 Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV), using it to interact with children and take pictures with bystanders. “This is definitely modern technology that is continually upgrading and upgrading, to save many of our lives.”

Baltimore Navy Week occurred Sept. 10-16, 2014, and was part of the city of Baltimore's Star-Spangled Spectacular. This event celebrated the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore, which provided the backdrop for Francis Scott Key's famous poem, "Defence of Fort McHenry," which later became America's national anthem. Along with more than 30 ships from the U.S. and foreign nations, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels aircraft were on display and open to the public.

By U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class William Mosley
Provided through DVIDS
Copyright 2014

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