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Naval STEM's Naval Horizons For High School, College Students
by U.S. Navy Warren Duffie Jr.
Office of Naval Research
October 28, 2022

The Department of the Navy’s (DoN) Naval STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) new Naval Horizons program is a student essay contest for high school and college students.

Naval Horizons is a STEM educational video series from the DoN’s Naval STEM Coordination Office, located at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). It is a collection of more than 35 videos highlighting scientists and engineers, to include active-duty military personnel, working within the DoN.

It aims to broaden the awareness of real-world science and technology challenges facing the Navy and Marine Corps today and help illuminate the many pathways to STEM careers.

“Naval Horizons is encouraging the students to picture themselves in STEM careers where they are able to contribute to cutting-edge science and technology that solves tough problems,” said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin Selby. “We are seeking individuals interested in STEM careers, who may or may not have been exposed to the wide variety of civilian and military professional opportunities in naval science and technology.

Naval Horizons is a new video educational series from the Department of the Navy’s (DoN) Naval STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and outreach program. (U.S. Navy graphic by Jeff Wright)
Naval Horizons is a new video educational series from the Department of the Navy’s (DoN) Naval STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and outreach program. (U.S. Navy graphic by Jeff Wright)

“There is a great benefit in having videos presented by both uniformed and civilian personnel with STEM backgrounds,” Selby continued. “This helps demonstrate the critical relationship between the DoN civilian workforce and military STEM professionals as they collaborate to develop exciting, and often groundbreaking, technology and capabilities.”

The DoN’s Naval STEM Coordination Office oversees investments in education, outreach and workforce initiatives. This enables the U.S. to cultivate the technical workforce needed to keep the Navy and Marine Corps on the leading edge of scientific and technological innovation.

Each Naval Horizons contest adds new online videos to the existing set. Students may choose to learn about any topic in the complete video collection, which covers a variety of research areas ... including aerospace optometry, autonomy, data science, environmental science, naval architecture, nuclear engineering, oceanography, undersea medicine and more. In each video, naval scientists and engineers discuss the applicability of their work.

For the essay contest, high school and college students are invited to learn about naval research topics by watching the videos. They then are encouraged to submit an essay that explains how they’re inspired by naval research and the naval workforce ... and provide a futurist vision of the Navy and Marine Corps.

“This is a valuable opportunity for high school and college students to learn about diverse, 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 ONR. “Naval Horizons will showcase leading experts ... as well as their innovative research ... to get students thinking about how they could potentially use science and technology to design the future.”

Those interested in learning about the Naval Horizons essay contest should visit

While this contest is designed specifically for high school and college students, everyone is invited to watch the videos related to Naval STEM.

* Warren Duffie Jr. is a contractor for ONR Corporate Strategic Communications.

* Minor editing without impacting facts.

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