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STEM Education initiatives

California State University Channel Islands hosts a variety of programs to promote STEM education in Ventura County. NAVFAC EXWC supports CSUCI's on-campus STEAM Carnival each year. More information is available here.

The SeaGlide Underwater Robotics Competition has local students participate in a semester-long program to build autonomous underwater vehicles in their classrooms. Teams of students compete by maneuvering their creations through an underwater obstacle course in the Port of Hueneme’s dive tank. NAVFAC EXWC partners with the Ventura County Office of Education to support the competition by purchasing supplies and providing judges.

The Ventura County Office of Education offers training and support services to local schools, districts, educators, and members of the community. NAVFAC EXWC supports many of programs offered by the VCOE Career Education Center.

The Ventura County STEM Network: Membership includes Department of Navy representatives, industry, academia, libraries, and education-related non-profit entities. NAVFAC EXWC Serves as a steering committee member for VC STEM. The organization is a collaborative and interdisciplinary community working to foster the development of tomorrow’s STEM leaders.

The SAME Navy STEM Engineering and Construction Camp: NAVFAC EXWC and other Navy commands at Naval Base Ventura County host the annual Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Navy Engineering and Construction Camp. High school students from around the country engage in hands-on engineering and construction activities under the mentorship and supervision of members of the local military and engineering community.

The USA Science and Engineering Festival: The USA Science & Engineering Festival is a national grassroots effort to advance STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. The exhibitors, performers, speakers, partners, sponsors, and advisors are a who's who of science and engineering in the United States - from major academic centers, leading research institutes, and government agencies, to cutting-edge, high-tech companies, museums, and community organizations. NAVFAC EXWC participates in the festival by providing engaging, hands-on activities for students.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is a US-based global robotics competition whose mission is to inspire elementary, middle school, and high school students to be science and technology leaders and innovators by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Some 200,000 mentors, coaches, judges, and volunteers in more than 80 countries support 44,000 teams. In partnership with the Ventura County Office of Education, EXWC supports local First Robotics Competitions by purchasing supplies and covering miscellaneous fees for local groups and providing engineers and scientists as mentors.

The Naval Science Awards Program is a U.S. Navy and Marine Corps program that encourages our nation's students to develop and retain an interest in science and engineering. NSAP recognizes the accomplishments of eligible students at regional and state science and engineering fairs and the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in producing and presenting quality science and engineering projects.

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium is a Department of Defense sponsored STEM program that encourages high school students to conduct original research in STEM fields and publicly recognizes students for outstanding achievement. By connecting talented students, their teachers, and research professionals at affiliated symposia and by rewarding research excellence, JSHS aims to widen the pool of trained talent prepared to conduct research and development vital to our nation. JSHS regional and national symposia are held during the academic year and reach more than 8,000 high school students and teachers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Schools of Europe and the Pacific. Students first participate in their regional symposium where they compete for selection to present at the national symposium each year.

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