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EOC Outreach


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Program Manager and Outreach Coordinator Penny Ward Desk (724) 295-7000 ext. 7135

Program Director Dr. William L. Kiser, Jr. Desk (724) 295-7021

Program Engineer Jeff Searle Desk (724) 295-7000, ext. 7146

Secondary Education

Getting high school kids excited about STEM opens the doorway to a wide range of educational and career opportunities. Yesterday's sterotype of the "geek" in a lab coat is not representative of today's STEM teams. STEM careers are clearly what fuels the regional economy. How do we transform classrooms and transform the corporate world? How do we connect what we're teaching in the classroom with what careers are already out there? We approached this initiative with the following goals in mind:

  1. Provide high school students with an exciting opportunity to tackle a difficult engineering task while still in high school
  2. Provide students insight into tremendous technical careers availavble in the Department of Defense and Armed Forces
  3. Help educators and school administrators implement a successful STEM program given budget, time and resource constraints

Electro-Optics Center, Outreach

Sea, Air and Land Challenge
Sea, Air and Land Challenge is an Office of Naval Research Sponsored program, in which teams of high school students design and build robotic vehicles and pay-loads. The systems are then used to compete in challenges that mimic missions encountered by the military, national security agencies and first responders. The programís mission is to inspire young adults to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, with an emphasis on civilian and uniformed careers that support Department of Defense and National Security activities. The vision for the future is to expand Sea, Air and Land Challenge to the national level so all high school students, regardless of location or demographic, can participate in an exciting activity that introduces them to the elegance of engineering and science, as well as understand the importance of technology development to our National Security. Contact Us.