It’s National STEM Day! Here Are 5 Ways DoD Makes STEM Cool

By Yolanda R. Arrington
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Alathea Wagner, 6, constructs a chair out of popsicle sticks and clothes pins during the Ellicott STEM Night at Ellicott, Colorado. U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Scarlett Rodriguez

November 8 marks National STEM Day — a time to encourage young people to view careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as cool options for employment.

In 2015, all but one of the U.S. Department of Labor’s ten fastest growing job fields required a STEM-related background. While many think STEM careers require lots of schooling, the Labor Department notes there are some that need less than a bachelor’s degree.

STEM careers are prevalent within the Defense Department. In honor of this national day highlighting STEM fields, we’d like to take a moment to look back on some popular STEM stories featured on this blog.

Women in STEM Bring Diverse Backgrounds to NSA

Aziza Jefferson, Valerie Nelson, and Philicity Williams in front of the National Security Agency’s Fort Meade headquarters at Fort Meade, Md. National Security Agency photo

Diversity and STEM matter at the Fort Meade, Maryland,-based National Security Agency where women are not “hidden figures.” Women in STEM areas are often front and center, helping defend the nation.

Air Force Makes STEM Learning Exciting for Kids

Air Force Col. Todd Hohn, 97th Air Mobility Wing commander, watches as students play with learning materials at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. Air Force photo by Airman Jackson N. Haddon

Staying at the top of your game in technology requires developing sharp minds for the future. The Air Force is working toward that goal by encouraging young people to pursue careers in STEM to become the next generation of innovators for tomorrow.

Educators Dive into STEM Experiments Led by Naval Academy Midshipmen
A group of nearly 100 secondary school instructors and museum educators attended a Naval Academy STEM workshop designed to strengthen instructors’ skills in teaching principles of electrochemistry, astronomy, optics, physics, math, chemistry and bioengineering.

Budding Scientists Connect with DoD Pros during STEM Week

Madhumita Roy of the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Md., discusses contact and nano lithography with STEM students during National STEM Week, March 2, 2017. Army photo by Jhi Scott

The next generation of scientists and engineers toured the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Maryland, during National STEM “Week at the Labs,” giving them the chance to experience the wonders of science up close.

Scientists Give Back to STEM Students
Scientists and engineers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio served as mentors and role models in a Defense Department initiative designed to raise awareness about the DoD as an employer of choice for today’s diverse college students in STEM majors.

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