NAVSUP WSS Opens STEM Workshop for Philadelphia Youth

Story Number: NNS151006-10Release Date: 10/6/2015 3:12:00 PM
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By Sarah Glinski, NAVSUP WSS Office of Corporate Communications

PHILADELPHIA (NNS) -- Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Weapon Systems Support (WSS) celebrated the opening of its Educating Acquisition, Global Logistics and Engineering (EAGLE) science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program workshop with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Philadelphia, Oct. 1.

"The completion of this workshop is an important milestone for the NAVSUP WSS EAGLE program. It's a big step toward ensuring that our student participants get the skills they need to be successful in college," said Rear Adm. Paul Verrastro, commander, NAVSUP WSS. "These high school students are already a step ahead of the game for participating in our program."

The workshop, a first of its kind for NAVSUP WSS, will be used by third- and fourth-year EAGLE high school students and their new NAVSUP WSS mentors to build competition ready For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Tech Challenge robots.

By the time they enter the workshop, participating Philadelphia high school students will have learned fundamental STEM skills through the EAGLE program that will enable them to build and program a robot from scratch.

EAGLE students' first and second years of high school are spent at the Independence Seaport Museum, where they learn to build the Office of Naval Research's underwater remotely operated vehicle, SeaPerch, as well as functional wooden sailboats using mathematics principles like the Pythagorean Theorem.

"Our mentors will build on what the students already learned at the Independence Seaport Museum so they become proficient enough to build competition robots themselves," said Lauren Newbert, lead NAVSUP WSS mentor and workshop designer. "Each week, we'll be teaching them a different topic, from chassis to Java programming to wiring and electronics."

In addition to guiding EAGLE students through the project's challenges, NAVSUP WSS mentors will also guide them through the process of choosing and applying for college.

On Nov. 3, 2014, Independence Seaport Museum and NAVSUP WSS announced a new partnership to guide high school students towards STEM-related occupations through their EAGLE program. The new alliance came in response to the high demand for STEM graduates and the low numbers of students pursuing or receiving STEM-related degrees in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation.

In March 2016, the Independence Seaport Museum and NAVSUP WSS plan to host their next Navy STEM event, Navy College Day, where EAGLE students and other local Philadelphia high school students can connect with STEM Navy employers and local college and university scholarship opportunities.

A field activity of the NAVSUP WSS is the U.S. Navy's supply chain manager providing worldwide support to the aviation, surface ship and submarine communities. NAVSUP WSS provides Navy, Marine Corps, joint and allied forces with products and services that deliver combat capability through logistics. There are more than 2,000 civilian and military personnel employed at its two Pennsylvania sites. The NAVSUP WSS Philadelphia site supports aircraft, while its Mechanicsburg site supports ships and submarines.

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