Fun With STEM: Keyport Undersea Museum

Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Seth Coulter

 

KEYPORT, Wash. (NNS) – More than 100 West Hills Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy students participated in events built around the concept of STEM held at Naval Undersea Museum Keyport, Wash. Oct. 16.

The STEM event was a cooperative effort between the Keyport and Bremerton Naval Museums with help from Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

“It is great to see all these groups come together for the STEM program,” said Steve Mastel, Continuous Training and Development Leader at PSNS. “Showing what these normally shied away from subjects can let you do as a career is a really good thing to strike home at a young age.”

Groups of students were able to test their robotic and engineering skills at multiple stations throughout the museum.

“This is an awesome hands on way to test what students learn in school, while also learning something new,” said Desiree Hall, a teacher from West Hills STEM Academy in Bremerton, Wash. “It is cool to see real world applications for what everyone learns in class.”

The ultimate test was to pilot underwater remote operated vehicles (ROV) that students designed and constructed themselves.

“It’s really great to see how far the children have come since first designing their rovers,” said Angela Long, a parent of one of the students. “Everyone had different challenges to overcome, including a few students doing last minute fixes on the bus ride here.”

 The STEM program was implemented to show younger generations there are exciting jobs in the science and technology fields and to help foster the growth of future scientists for America.

141016-N-JY507-005 KEYPORT, Wash. (Oct. 16, 2014) Students of West Hills Science, Technical, Engineering and Math (STEM) Elementary School rebuild a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) at the Naval Undersea Warfare Museum in Keyport, Wash. The one-day workshop was offered to more than 100 students who participated in a variety of hands-on STEM activities and interacted with DoD educators about ROV's. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Seth Coulter/ Released)

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KEYPORT, Wash. (Oct. 16, 2014) Students of West Hills Science, Technical, Engineering and Math (STEM) Elementary School rebuild a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) at the Naval Undersea Warfare Museum in Keyport, Wash. The one-day workshop was offered to more than 100 students who participated in a variety of hands-on STEM activities and interacted with DoD educators about ROV’s. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Seth Coulter/ Released)

141016-N-JY507-003  KEYPORT, Wash. (Oct. 16, 2014) Students of West Hills Science, Technical, Engineering and Math (STEM) Elementary School participate in a cooperative robotics exercise with remotely operated vehicles (ROV) at the Naval Undersea Warfare Museum in Keyport, Wash. The one-day workshop was offered to more than 100 students who participated in a variety of hands-on STEM activities and interacted with DoD educators about ROV's. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Seth Coulter/ Released)

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KEYPORT, Wash. (Oct. 16, 2014) Students of West Hills Science, Technical, Engineering and Math (STEM) Elementary School participate in a cooperative robotics exercise with remotely operated vehicles (ROV) at the Naval Undersea Warfare Museum in Keyport, Wash. The one-day workshop was offered to more than 100 students who participated in a variety of hands-on STEM activities and interacted with DoD educators about ROV’s. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Seth Coulter/ Released)

141016-N-MN975-020 KEYPORT, Wash. (October 16, 2014) Students from West Hills Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy participate in a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) competition during Navy STEM day held at the Keyport Naval Undersea Warfare Museum. The one-day workshop was offered to more than 100 students who participated in a variety of hands-on STEM activities and interacted with DoD educators about ROVs. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin A. Johndro/RELEASED)

141016-N-MN975-020 KEYPORT, Wash. (October 16, 2014) Students from West Hills Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy participate in a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) competition during Navy STEM day held at the Keyport Naval Undersea Warfare Museum. The one-day workshop was offered to more than 100 students who participated in a variety of hands-on STEM activities and interacted with DoD educators about ROVs. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin A. Johndro/RELEASED)

141016-N-MN975-016 KEYPORT, Wash. (October 16, 2014) A student from West Hills Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy looks through a model submarine periscope during Navy STEM day held at the Keyport Naval Undersea Warfare Museum. The one-day workshop was offered to more than 100 students who participated in a variety of hands-on STEM activities and interacted with DoD educators about remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin A. Johndro/RELEASED)

141016-N-MN975-016 KEYPORT, Wash. (October 16, 2014) A student from West Hills Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy looks through a model submarine periscope during Navy STEM day held at the Keyport Naval Undersea Warfare Museum. The one-day workshop was offered to more than 100 students who participated in a variety of hands-on STEM activities and interacted with DoD educators about remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin A. Johndro/RELEASED)

141016-N-MN975-005 KEYPORT, Wash. (October 16, 2014) A student from West Hills Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy writes down answers to a scavenger hunt during Navy STEM day held at the Keyport Naval Undersea Warfare Museum. The one-day workshop was offered to more than 100 students who participated in a variety of hands-on STEM activities and interacted with DoD educators about remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin A. Johndro/RELEASED)

141016-N-MN975-005 KEYPORT, Wash. (October 16, 2014) A student from West Hills Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy writes down answers to a scavenger hunt during Navy STEM day held at the Keyport Naval Undersea Warfare Museum. The one-day workshop was offered to more than 100 students who participated in a variety of hands-on STEM activities and interacted with DoD educators about remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin A. Johndro/RELEASED)

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