The Department of the Navy (DON) must be able to recruit and employ a competent science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. The STEM workforce includes Naval civilians, active duty Sailors and Marines, as well as Navy and Marine Corps Reserve components. The focus of DON STEM is threefold:
- To inspire, engage and educate the next generation of scientists and engineers.
- To attract, employ, develop and retain our diverse technical workforce through collaboration.
- To promote an effective and efficient STEM portfolio across the DoN, the federal government and the broad STEM community.
STEM programs are mission-critical investments in the DON current and future workforces and are critical to meet present and future warfighting challenges. DON STEM aims to maintain and improve its civilian and unformed workforce, while complementing the work of other agencies engaged in Naval STEM funding and programs.
Localized and community Naval STEM efforts are managed and executed at the command or organization level. These organizations implement STEM education, workforce, and outreach activities within their respective communities.
As part of the Naval STEM effort, the Navy and Marine Corps supports students in the USA throughout their education. In naval STEM K-12 programs, hands-on learning experiences are emphasized to encourage students and teachers of all ages to “learn by doing.” This encouragement comes in a variety of forms, including participation in expos and festivals, sponsorship of summer camps and teacher trainings, as well as support of STEM competitions.
One of the primary goals of naval STEM efforts is the development and fostering of the future and current naval STEM workforce. Numerous programs are available to students, academic faculty, and naval scientists and engineers. The focus of DON STEM is on maintaining and improving its civilian and technical workforce, while complementing the work of other agencies engaged in STEM funding and programs.