RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.— The Defense Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Consortium (DSEC), funded by the Department of Defense (DOD) and managed by RTI International (RTI), a nonprofit research institute, has selected three new partners to increase opportunities for young students to work directly with technology to develop creativity, inventive thinking and problem-solving skills. The new partners will provide meaningful STEM activities for students in military-connected communities as well as reach demographics historically underrepresented in STEM — strategic goals of DSEC. The three new partners are as follows:
The National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), based in North Canton, Ohio, was founded in 1973 in partnership with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to honor innovators with U.S. patents whose inventions have furthered the technological prowess of the nation. NIHF brings its fun, hands-on programs to more than 1,600 schools and districts each year so student creativity and excitement about discovery can bloom in a supportive atmosphere. For this effort, NIHF will introduce its Camp Invention® program to more than 1,000 students in locations close to DoD laboratories and facilities. Students attending the summer camp will meet real inventors during activities that build the innovation mindset, or skills and traits that empower children to create: collaboration, confidence, creative problem solving, design thinking, entrepreneurship, innovation, intellectual property, persistence and STEM.
RoboNation was launched in 2009 to build a pathway of hands-on robotics programs and competitions for students from elementary school through post-graduate studies. More than 250,000 students participate in nine RoboNation competitions and programs each year. The DSEC-supported project will introduce RoboNation’s SeaPerch program, an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) program, to three military-connected communities in Louisiana and Texas; and foster partnerships among the communities surrounding Fort Polk, Fort Hood and Joint Base San Antonio. SeaPerch teams design and build ROVs with an eye toward learning how to work together toward a common goal, building a community of peers and ultimately competing against other SeaPerch teams in local, regional and international competitions.
DSEC, fully funded by the DoD and managed by RTI International, is a collaborative partnership of STEM-focused organizations dedicated to addressing and prioritizing the nation’s STEM talent. In support of the DoD STEM Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2021–2025 and aligned with the 2018 Federal STEM Strategic Plan, DSEC aims to broaden STEM literacy and develop a diverse and agile workforce with the technical excellence to defend the nation. Through strategic investments in STEM education and outreach activities, DSEC partner efforts provide students and educators with exposure to educational and workforce development opportunities as well as awareness about career opportunities in STEM fields across the DoD. For more information visit https://dodstem.us/stem-programs/partners.