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.

LEctenna Competition

The LEctenna challenge: make your LEctenna better and get a prize! Here's one way to improve on the basic LEctenna. You might be able to think about other ways to make them better on your own. Send us a photo or short video on social media (#lectenna) or to lectenna@nrl.navy.mil and we’ll send you LEctenna swag! Legal disclaimer: Kids under 13, please ask your parents first. The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory will not use your submissions without your permission. However, we may reshare your social media posts if you choose to send your LEctenna info that way. Quantities are limited.

Resource Type: Video, Activity, Competition

Component: Navy

 

LEGACY Program

The LEGACY program is three phases designed for students from 11 years old to completion of their bachelor's degree. LEGACY is intended to introduce STEM at a young age, continue growing students' interest in STEM, and eventually hire these students into a STEM driven Air Force career.

Resource Type: Student Opportunities, Program

Component: Air Force

Locate, Recover, Identity: Forensic Anthropologist Accounts for Missing Service Members

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)

Marine Meteorology Overview

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Marine Meteorology Division conducts a research and development program designed to better understand the atmosphere, the coupled environment, and their mission impacts so that they can be better simulated, better predicted, and help the U.S. Military. Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Marine Meteorology Division continuously develop and advance simulation and prediction capabilities to provide Navy decision makers timely and accurate information about the marine environment anywhere in the world.

Resource Type: Video

Component: Navy

Missile Defense Agency (MDA)

The MDA STEM mission is to implement signature programs that fill STEM Education gaps based on national defense needs and collaborate in STEM-supported events to inspire, cultivate, and enhance STEM engagement across a three-tiered target group - K-12, college, and educators - to prepare the next generation of STEM professionals. Interested in learning more about MDA STEM Outreach? Check out our video here, and also the activities and resources found on our website.

Resource Type: Video, Activity

Component: Missile Defense Agency (MDA)

 

MODD K9 Training

Man’s best friend also doubles as military’s best friend. Dr. Lauryn DeGreeff studies volatile compounds that comprise odors to develop training aids for military canine units.

Resource Type: STEM Careers, Video

Component: Navy

Modernizing Medical Museums through the 3D Digitization of Pathological Specimens

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)

MRAP and Up-Armored Vehicles

In this video, active duty Navy Seabees discuss the value of the armored Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle and the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), colloquially called the Humvee, a family of light, four-wheel drive, military trucks and utility vehicles. In the video they tell several success stories of the vehicle’s value in war zones.

Resource Type: Video

Component: Navy

Museum’s Anatomical Curator Talks Forensic Anthropology with Students for “Nifty Fifty” Series, Part of the USA Science and Engineering Festival

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)

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Program

The NDSEG program provides fellowships to support study and research leading to doctoral degrees in science and technical areas. NDSEG confers high honors upon its recipients, and allows them to attend whichever U.S. institution they choose. Please refer to the program website listed below for additional information, including details about potential stipends and benefits, if applicable.

Resource Type: Program, Student Opportunities

Component: Navy