NPS students and faculty are active participants in our community, contributing their science, technology, engineering and math expertise for K-12 and college-oriented activities.
Faculty Outreach and Community Involvement
Resident astronauts, CAPT Dan Bursch (USN Retired), Dr. Jim Newman (Professor), and CAPT Steve Frick (USN Retired) are often the featured spokespersons for local NPS Outreach efforts. In addition to their teaching, research, and mentoring work with NPS students, all speak locally and regionally at K-12 schools during the school year, addressing single classes to entire student bodies.
The Robots in the Roses Research Fair, hosted on the NPS campus by the Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER), offers the CRUSER community of interest an opportunity to share research and educational opportunities in the areas of unmanned and robotic systems. This annual event serves to expand the CRUSER community of interest, provide NPS students and faculty the opportunity to explore emergent technology, and inspire younger students to approach their formal education in science, technology, engineering and math with zeal.
A multidisciplinary group of NPS faculty and staff members act as coaches for local high school teams involved in the annual Robotics Competition. Students and coaches spent six weeks fabricating unique robotic devices designed to meet each year's challenge. Regional competitions are followed by national competitions.
Cyber Adventurers fills the continuity gap created by today’s proliferation of STEM programs. Kids select their own learning pathways, taking advantage of independent activities and experts in their local communities. They explore and learn about the science of computation in a structured ecosystem of activities, clubs, competitions, peers, role models and mentors.
NPS Student Associations
In addition to other outreach activities, this military organization comprised of "all kinds of people" provides free one on one tutoring and mentoring.