FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 02.28.13
Lyndsey Grubbs, Discovery Education
Alvin Plexico, Ph.D.
Commander, U.S. Navy
AMERICA’S NAVY AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION PARTNER TO INSPIRE A FUTURE GENERATION OF STEM PROFESSIONALS
- --“Navy STEM for the Classroom” program gives high school students real-world applications for their STEM passions –
Silver Spring, Md. (February 28, 2013) -- America`s Navy and Discovery Education have partnered to launch a new program for high school students interested in cutting-edge, real-world applications of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the 21st century. By exploring the latest in Naval STEM technologies, the Navy STEM for the Classroom program guides students through relevant academic pursuits and career opportunities.
Among the organizations taking action on President Barack Obama`s call to improve STEM, America`s Navy has pledged to engage and educate students in science and math in order to ensure a promising future generation of STEM professionals. Navy STEM for the Classroom takes steps to guarantee that high school students are not only informed about STEM possibilities, but also impassioned by exciting advancements in the field.
“This is a great opportunity to help young people interested in science, technology, engineering, and math,” said Rear Admiral Earl Gay, Commander, Navy Recruiting Command. “The success of our Navy tomorrow depends upon the education of young men and women today. Many of these young Americans are seeking a challenge in pursuit of a higher calling. When this higher calling is supported by a strong STEM foundation, I know our Navy and our nation will be in the great hands of these future leaders.”
The Department of the Navy`s (DoN) STEM executive, Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder agrees.
"The Department of the Navy is facing tremendous workforce pressures," said Klunder. "In a few short years, nearly half of our science and engineering professionals will be retirement eligible. Collectively, the DoN`s STEM initiatives, which reach students in all 50 states, engaging with more than 5,000 teachers and 80,000 students, are an effective way to help ensure a strong Naval STEM workforce in the future. This effort is a great addition in the ongoing commitment to our national security"
Through the Discovery Education partnership, the program offers unique, multi-platform online learning tools that provide STEM lesson plans to teachers and classrooms across the country. Complimentary videos and interactive widgets will also give students a hands-on application to the STEM concepts they are being taught in lesson plans. From understanding how the principles of physical oceanography and meteorology affect ocean navigation to the importance of gas laws as applied to deep ocean diving, each lesson plan provides a unique look into the Navy`s innovative applications of science and math.
Navy STEM for the Classroom also gives students the opportunity to explore an expansive list of STEM careers. While students may only envision the more traditional math and science career paths, the program will emphasize the Navy`s distinct ability to turn a wide variety of STEM passions into one of any number of fulfilling careers. From helicopter pilots and linguists to nuclear engineers, Navy STEM for the Classroom will explore these exciting possibilities through first-hand, personal accounts.
“Discovery Education is excited to partner with America`s Navy to expose some of the nation`s most important and cutting-edge STEM applications to high school students across the country,” said Mary Rollins, Discovery Education vice president. “These bright, young students represent the future of STEM developments in our country, and they need to understand that their interests in science and math can lead them down an exciting and personally rewarding path.”
For more information on the Navy STEM for the Classroom program or to access the online resources, please visit navystemfortheclassroom.com.
To learn more about other Department of the Navy STEM initiatives, please visit: www.stem2stern.org.
About America’s Navy
Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of young men and women are deployed around the world, around the clock, defending America at all times. To understand the importance of America`s Navy: A Global Force for Good, it`s helpful to remember:
The world`s oceans give the Navy the power to protect America`s interests anywhere, any time.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by providing high quality, dynamic, digital content for grades K-12 and community colleges. Powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital media, professional development, assessment tools and a passionate educator network to support districts in accelerating student achievement. Discovery Education services like Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Techbook and Discovery Education Higher Ed, are in more than half of all US schools and 35 countries around the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.