More Than 100 Students to Participate in NUWC Summer Programs

Story Number: NNS120716-29Release Date: 7/16/2012 11:26:00 PM
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From NUWC Division Newport Public Affairs

Newport, R.I. (NNS) -- Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport is providing a summer of opportunities for more than 100 students to participate in a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related programs.

Under the supervision of NUWC Newport's scientists, mathematicians and engineers, students will explore everything from basic research to underwater robotics.

"NUWC Newport is a major participant in the U.S. Navy's efforts to raise interest among American students in the STEM disciplines," said Capt. Todd Cramer, NUWC Newport's commander. "We sponsor after-school and club programs at area schools throughout the school year as well as a vibrant summer STEM program."

Forty-five students entering grades six, seven, and eight will participate in three undersea summer camps designed to be fun while including the study of the physics of underwater vehicles. Each one-week session culminates with students building, testing and operating Sea Perch remotely-operated underwater vehicles.

Forty-four high school students from NUWC Newport's Educational Partnership schools in Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth, R.I., and from New Bedford, Mass., will work in the paid Undersea Technology Apprentice Program (UTAP). UTAP apprentices focus their studies on electrical engineering and physics, especially buoyancy and hydrodynamics. The program provides an engineering design lab experience during which the students build and re-engineer an underwater vehicle and then test it against each other's designs.

The Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP), sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), provides an opportunity for high school students age 16 and over to work at NUWC for eight weeks during the summer. Another paid apprenticeship program, SEAP provides 24 students an opportunity to participate in research while furthering their education through mentoring. The goal is to interest students in pursuing science and engineering careers. Focus areas include a broad range of varying research across NUWC Newport, from underwater vehicles to towed array systems

"Almost three quarters of the 2,800 people who work here are classified as scientists or engineers," said Mary Wohlgemuth, technical director for NUWC Newport. "We need to ensure there will [be] STEM professionals in the years ahead to meet the technical needs of tomorrow's Navy."

NUWC Division Newport, part of the Naval Sea Systems Command, is one of two divisions of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. NUWC Division Newport's mission is to provide research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, undersea offensive and defensive weapons systems, and countermeasures. NUWC's other division is located in Keyport, Wash.

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