SciFest All Access

As a partner in the Defense STEM Education Consortium, the USA Science and Engineering Festival has created a free virtual expo featuring interactive STEM activities and stage shows for K-12 students, college students, educators, and families. Explore over 100 STEM resources from DoD components below.

Career Highlight - IT and Cyber

Learn about career opportunities at Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic! We are a Department of the Navy organization that reports directly to the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) located in San Diego, California. We employ engineers, IT specialists, computer and data scientists and a myriad of business and administrative professionals committed to supporting the warfighter and the nation.

Resource Type: Video, STEM Careers

Component: Navy

Career Highlight - IT Specialist

Learn about career opportunities at Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic! We are a Department of the Navy organization that reports directly to the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) located in San Diego, California. We employ engineers, IT specialists, computer and
data scientists and a myriad of business and administrative professionals committed to supporting the warfighter and the nation.

Resource Type: Video, STEM Careers

Component: Navy

CEC Collegiate Program Presentation

This slide presentation discusses how to become a Navy Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) officer through the Collegiate program, a way for college engineering and architecture students to get their tuition paid for by the Navy and earn spending money in exchange for becoming an active duty Navy CEC officer upon graduation. Also discussed are what a CEC Officer does on active duty and the added benefit of a free master’s degree for those who make the CEC a career. Highly recommended for anyone interested in joining the CEC.

Resource Type: Brochure, Program

Component: Navy

Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Chemical and Biological Technologies Department (DTRA CB)

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) manages the Joint Science and Technology Office (JSTO) for Chemical and Biological Defense, which executes the U.S. Department of Defense Chemical and Biological Defense Program’s (CBDP) science and technology activities. DTRA-CB has the responsibility to provide science, technology, and capability development investments that maintain the U.S. military’s technological superiority in countering weapons of mass destruction and asymmetric threats, mitigate the risks of technical surprise, and respond to the warfighter’s urgent technical requirements. We accomplish our mission by turning disruptive, game-changing ideas into prototypes and capabilities through collaboration with academia, industry, national laboratories, and government partners.

Resource Type: Video

Component: Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)

DIY Science: Coding for Kids

Join us in this Coding for Kids interactive activity using "Scratch," a programming language for all ages, especially kids. There is a tutorial led by former SMART Program Scholar Oliver Nina and his daughter Aria Nina. Come join the fun!

Resource Type: Activity, Student Opportunities, STEM Careers

Component: SMART Scholarship Program

Earth System Prediction Capability (ESPC)

Sometimes knowing the weather forecast isn’t enough. In the environments the Navy and Marine Corps operate, Sailors and Marines also have to navigate in the ocean, deal with waves, and in the era of a “Great Power Competition,” grow their ability to work in and around sea ice. This need to know what to expect in the total environment is why researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory are working on extending the limits of environmental prediction by developing a globally-coupled model called the Earth System Prediction Capability, or ESPC.

Resource Type: Video

Component: Navy

Education and Workforce Opportunities for Students and Educators

Explore the many education and workforce opportunities the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) offers for students (grades high school through post-secondary; recent graduates; and, educators).

Resource Type: Student Opportunities, Educator Opportunities

Component: Air Force

F35C Testing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst NAS

This video shows you the test capabilities that are performed at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Lakehurst with the Navy's F-35C Lightening 2. Using test pilots and engineers to work on shore testing to get the aircraft ready to safely launch from and land on carriers at sea.

Resource Type: Video

Component: Navy

Folklore Vampire Possibly Identified

The National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) provides educational programs and collects and exhibits artifacts, specimens, and archival materials related to the process of human identification with a specific focus on its role in military medicine. Specimens in the museum’s Anatomical Collections aid biological and forensic anthropologists and students who are interested in studying human variation as well as how trauma and pathology affect the human body. These collections are also used by staff who may be called as consultants in forensic cases, interns who plan to go into the field of forensics, and other military and civilian professionals who are interested in understanding how biological anthropology contributes to human identification. Explore this article to learn more!

Resource Type: Article

Component: National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM)

Forensic Friday Virtual Learning Resources

The National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) provides educational programs and collects and exhibits artifacts, specimens, and archival materials related to the process of human identification with a specific focus on its role in military medicine. Specimens in the museum’s Anatomical Collections aid biological and forensic anthropologists and students who are interested in studying human variation as well as how trauma and pathology affect the human body. These collections are also used by staff who may be called as consultants in forensic cases, interns who plan to go into the field of forensics, and other military and civilian professionals who are interested in understanding how biological anthropology contributes to human identification. Forensic Friday virtual learning resources introduce students to a variety of identification activities that contribute to a forensic case study. These activities include some of the following: recovery and examination of material evidence, dental charting, developing a biological profile, and DNA analysis. All activities, including optional activities, are included in the downloadable lab notebook.

Resource Type: Activity

Component: National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM)