DVIDS – News – Another Successful Summer – NSWCPD and Temple University Conclude 10th STEM Ship to Shore Camp
2021 marks the tenth anniversary of Ship to Shore, a successful partnership between the Naval Surface Warfare Center, the Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) and Temple University’s youth summer camp programs. This partnership was born in 2011 from the common goal of generating interest and commitment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives among youth in the greater Philadelphia area.
“Programs like this are essential to attracting and engaging a high performing and diverse student base into the NSWCPD STEM pipeline, inspiring and enhancing STEM skills in the wider community, developing the identity of NSWCPD and STEM culture through participation in STEM Outreach, and develop and improve the NSWCPD through that involvement, ”said Tristan Wolfe, STEM Outreach Program Manager, NSWCPD.
Year after year, Temple University’s STEM camps have continued to be a thriving environment for middle school students (Grades 6 to 8). During Ship to Shore, campers explored their interests in STEM fields, learned about potential careers, and even got involved in the NSWCPD mission.
“It’s about connecting with our communities and supporting children,” said Derrick Myers, coordinator of the STEM Scholars program, another youth program at Temple University.
During the summer of 2021, Ship to Shore campers had the opportunity to study “neighborhood ecology” as part of their science program. With safe and simple materials, such as water and soil samples, campers learned to collect, analyze and present data related to atmospheric pressure, potential hydrogen level (pH) of the soil, contaminants water and even the weather forecast.
Then they dived into a unit on Python programming with appropriately sized applications to the “Big Data” part of the Ship to Shore computer module.
“Learning Python gives children a solid foundation for any future career in software development or data analysis,” Peter Nguyen, professor at Temple University, who explained “Being introduced to jargon, to Navigating and applying data packages and coding languages allows children to pursue so many different careers in STEM fields. “
With the ever-expanding world of technology and cybersecurity, the Python programming module allows middle-level students to have a comprehensive introduction to the concepts of computing.
“Everything is data,” Nguyen said simply, “Every business needs someone to cleanse, transform and analyze their data; the opportunities in this area are endless. “
Additionally, STEM campers participated in various robotics challenges during their program. These challenges can range from friendly competitions between campers to one-on-one explorations of robotics and engineering concepts. For example, one of the many modules in the robotics part of Ship to Shore is the pre-testing for the Seaperch competition.
Teams of six to eight campers built Seaperch ships during their four week camp. From buoyancy to density, campers had to master concepts of engineering in order to complete an obstacle course during the last days of camp.
To build their ships, campers learned to use a variety of power tools, soldering irons, and computer aided design (CAD) systems. On the day of their boating test, the campers did a last-minute triage on their ships to demonstrate the quick problem-solving skills they learned throughout Ship to Shore.
Math-based activities and challenges are nested in each section of the camp sessions. The math portion of Ship to Shore is individually tailored to meet the level of achievement, experience and interest of each camper. Ship to Shore’s Temple instructors promote and foster the academic and personal development of campers with a particular emphasis on supporting the individual needs of campers.
“We try to help our campers develop their skills in teamwork, engineering and collaboration,” explained Nguyen, “It’s [Ship to Shore] teaching kids more than just STEM concepts. “
During the two approximately two-week instructional sessions, STEM campers participated in multiple challenges, activities, and competitions, all aimed at deepening their understanding of the various niches of STEM fields. Many of the modules were part of incentive learning initiatives. One of the camper’s favorites was the “Temple Token” system, in which campers can earn “Temple Tokens”, which they then redeem for prizes such as video games, gift cards and merchandise. ‘Temple University.
With STEM Camp in its final days, campers put their Seaperch ships to the test and presented their projects to the Judges of Temple and NSWCPD. They learned how to present their ship and their findings to Temple and NSWCPD employees through a structured marketing presentation. In this final stage of Ship to Shore, campers had to test their analytical and presentation skills to successfully demonstrate everything they had learned. Campers’ locations were a cumulative assessment of their communication, collaboration and trust skills that campers gained during Ship to Shore.
Ultimately, the goal of Ship to Shore is to provide campers with a balanced introduction to STEM concepts, naval engineering, and communications, giving campers a solid foundation knowledge to build on for their future. .
The NSWCPD employs approximately 2,800 civil engineers, scientists, technicians and support staff. The NSWCPD team performs research and development, testing and evaluation, procurement support, and in-service and logistics engineering for non-nuclear machinery, ship machinery systems, and equipment and materials related for surface ships and Navy submarines. The NSWCPD is also the lead organization providing cybersecurity for all ship systems.
|Date posted:||20.09.2021 15:18|
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