Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV, NPASE DET NW
BREMERTON, Wash. – Puget Sound Navy Museum and the Naval Undersea Museum along with Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility hosted a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair at Puget Sound Navy Museum, April 16.
The STEM Fair is a monthly event, which invites students Kindergarten through 12th grade to learn about robotics, engineering, science and math.
“The goal of STEM is to meet the science and math curricular standards,” said Janet McKibben, teacher and STEM coordinator at Poulsbo Elementary School. “It is great to have our students get hands-on with technology and engineering.”
Volunteers range from Poulsbo Elementary to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS&IMF).
“The materials are from National Defense Education Program and Office of Naval Research,” said Stephen Mastel, PSNS worker and STEM coordinator. “The program is funded by government grants and volunteers are from the shipyard.”
Students test their science and engineering skills by using robot blocks to build different models with several abilities.
“One of the important things is to be introduced to robotics and technology early,” said Paul Eberharter, a parent and volunteer from Poulsbo Elementary. “I feel it’s important to guide this generation in the right direction.”
The students even built and piloted their own underwater remote operated vehicles.
“We are supporting STEM initiative in the schools as a community institution,” said Valerie Johnson, Naval Undersea Museum educator. “The STEM program can assist our students in becoming the thinkers of tomorrow.”