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Chief of naval research talks naval STEM workforce at upcoming expo

Office of Naval Research

ARLINGTON, Virginia -- Students from Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., will have an opportunity to engage in all things STEM -- short for science, technology, engineering and math -- at the Naval STEM Exposition, held at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland on April 12, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in advance of the 50th annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition.

The expo, co-sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Navy League STEM Institute, is free and geared to students in grades six through twelve. It will provide middle and high school students an introduction to naval STEM careers and applications through guest speakers and hands-on activities. Some of the activities include driving a robot from the Marine Corps, touring the R/V Sperry Star III and experiencing a flight simulator.

"One of my priorities is to ensure we have the right people and skills to carry out our mission," said Rear Adm. Mat Winter, chief of naval research, who also serves as the naval STEM executive. "Events like this are vital to building a pipeline of young talent that will help us maintain our technological superiority--for the Navy and our nation."

Winter will address the audience at 11 a.m., when he will discuss the importance of education and the need for a STEM-educated workforce.

Representatives from the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and naval-related industries will be onsite to share their experiences and talk about STEM careers and the qualifications needed to pursue a variety of STEM jobs.

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ONR provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps' technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 55 countries, 634 institutions of higher learning and non-profit institutions over 960 industry partners. ONR through its commands including headquarters, ONR Global and the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C., employs more than 3,800 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel.

Sierra Jones is a contractor for ONR Corporate Strategic Communications.

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