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The DoD STEM video library includes videos showcasing the exciting and innovative work being done by DoD STEM professionals and their advice and insights about pursuing a STEM career with the DoD.

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This section invites you to learn more about happenings across the DoD STEM universe.


LabTV videos feature compelling real-life stories to show students exactly why their STEM classroom studies matter. Each is accompanied by a lesson plan.

Science, Technology, Innovation Exchange

The Science, Technology, Innovation Exchange (STIx) videos were developed to share the big ideas, positive social impacts, and disruptive capabilities resulting from DoD science and technology investments.

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It makes me want to get into engineering in high school…at first I wasn’t that interested but then I found out we get to do stuff like this.”

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SeaPerch Teaches Students the Laws of Buoyancy

Underwater ROVs, or remotely operated vehicles, are used in research missions such as the Titanic recovery. At a Maryland high school, students are constructing their own ROVs—called SeaPerches—with help from Navy engineers from NAVSEA Carderock, who teach kids about ship design, the basics of electronics, and buoyancy. Each student builds a SeaPerch, starting by assembling the frame and installing the electronics and motors. They complete their water robots by adjusting the weight to make the machines "neutrally buoyant." The students find the process challenging—and fun. "It overwhelmed us in the beginning but when we got all the steps, we put it together and it's pretty easy," says one. "I can't wait to see it in the water," says another. "We just hope it works. That's the biggest goal!"

Featured Videos

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Ceramics: This Material Won't Melt Away

We all have items in our homes that are made of ceramics: dinner plates, floor tiles—and toilets. And in the technical world, ceramics are used in electrical devices, fiber-optic cables, and even the space shuttle tiles. Ceramic is strong and hard, ...
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Computer Vision: Teaching Machines to Recognize Images

Shown two photos of a person taken from different angles, most people will immediately recognize them as the same person. But it is not that easy for computers because their software is not as flexible as the human brain. Teaching computers to see m...
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First-Person Thinker

American soldiers are masters at using their weapons to survive in combat zones. Now, with a video-game system called ELECT BiLAT, scientists and engineers are showing troops how to add another dimension—enhanced cultural awareness and social skills—...