SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (NNS) -- Navy Recruiting District (NRD) San Diego participated in San Bernardino Valley College's 11th Annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) event, Oct. 23.
The event, also known as STEMPALOZZA, inspired more than 500 middle school, high school and college students to pursue a career in STEM, by demonstrating multiple fields that have a large STEM demand.
To start the day there were a male and female panel discussion and breakout sessions.
NRD San Diego's Lt. Richard Farias, division officer, Division TWO, made the opening remarks for the men's panel discussion, encouraging students not to be afraid to be bold and innovative.
"STEM is a part of our modern world today and how we are going to do business and how we are going to strive forward to succeed," he said. "Individuals that are able think analytically and solve problems, are those that will be the front runners in tomorrow's society. Companies are not limiting their thinking to today, including the military services. We look for people like you."
Lt. Lauren Taylor, a pilot with Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific, spoke during the women's panel discussion. Her key message was not to close doors for yourself.
"Even if you don't know what you want to do in the future, it's OK. Do as much as you can," she said. "You have to have a strong foundation in order to keep opportunities open for your future."
After the panel discussion, students attended breakout sessions where they could learn more about each panelist's career field. Taylor facilitated a breakout session teaching female students aerodynamics by helping them build air rockets. Later, the attendees had the opportunity to launch their rockets at the Navy's STEM display site.
Students spent the day visiting interactive and engaging exhibits that demonstrated the importance STEM. At the Navy's site, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Three personnel spoke with students about the types of robots they use to detect and dispose bombs.
"It's wonderful anytime there's an opportunity to bring men and women together to educate them and inspire them," said Taylor.
NRD San Diego continuously seeks opportunities to interact with the community, as well as enlist the best and brightest young men and women to succeed in today's high-tech Navy environment.
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