Houston Recruiters, Teachers Build Robots!

ALVIN, Texas (NNS) -- Ten recruiters from Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Houston joined more than 50 teachers from across the greater Houston area for a "STEM Through SeaPerch" seminar with the Navy's City Outreach team Friday at Harby Junior High School in Alvin, Texas. 

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, is the Navy's gateway to building leaders in the science and technology industries; SeaPerch is a STEM-related underwater robotics program that provides teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater remote operated vehicle (ROV) using low-cost, easily accessible parts. The purpose is to introduce students of virtually all ages with basic engineering and science concepts in a real-world situation. 

Why should recruiters and teachers participate? 

The Navy's SeaPerch program allows school teams to compete for college scholarships, making it a ready-made program for building the future leaders of tomorrow - in and out of the Navy.

Navy City Outreach Coordinator Senior Chief Petty Officer Therese Rogers was determined to invite as many school districts as possible to help them build a transparent, professional and successful SeaPerch program.

"It is critical for us to educate the teachers about SeaPerch so they are able to educate their students and implement this highly beneficial program into their during, after-school or summer curriculum," said Rogers. "Inviting multiple school districts ensure transparent training throughout all communities and helps introduces basic ship and submarine design skills, naval architecture, and ocean engineering to our future leaders at the earliest stage possible." 

The seminar started early in the morning with the City Outreach Team providing breakfast before teaching attendees how to solder, build thrusters and assembling the frame of an ROV. By midafternoon, the team moved on to in-water testing where they soon understood the benefits of the seminar. 

"The training was very challenging, and I loved the hands on application of the sciences we learned," said NRD Houston Recruiter Petty Officer 1st Class Evan Wilson out of Navy Recruiting Station Texas City, Texas. "I feel very confident that the teachers had an amazing time and that I'm prepared to help them in the classroom with what I've always felt was a truly-beneficial program. I wish I had this when I was in high school." 

Navy Recruiting District Houston has a total of 42 Navy recruiting stations dedicated to finding the best and brightest men and women to serve in America's Navy, while also conducting volunteer activities designed to help give back the city of Houston and the surrounding communities they serve.

Navy City Outreach is dedicated to networking with communities to support diversity, STEM through SeaPerch and Navy Awareness. 

For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

For more news from Navy Recruiting District Houston, visit www.navy.mil/local/nrdh/.

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