Navy City Outreach (NCO) and Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Dallas provided SeaPerch underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) assembly training to educators from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Nov. 11.


SeaPerch is an educational program sponsored by the Office of Naval Research that gives students the opportunity to learn hands on about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields through constructing underwater ROVs.

"SeaPerch is important to keep the students interested in the pursuit of STEM careers because not only will they be able to pursue those fields in corporate America, but a majority of Navy jobs are STEM related as well," said Senior Chief Petty Officer (SW/AW) Therese Rogers, NCO coordinator for the Houston and Southwest region. "It helps us build that foundation of not only America but the future of the Navy as well."

The training, held at the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District's Pat May Center, welcomed a variety of STEM-centric teachers involving those with and without prior experience with SeaPerch. Among the first timers was robotics teacher at Zan W. Singley Academy, Wole Asenime.

"I think it's a great opportunity for the kids because it gives them way more options as we become more technological," said Asenime. "I think we should find a way to incorporate it into more schools or make it a requirement so they can decide if it's for them or not. Experiencing what else is out there for them will make them more competitive on the job market."

While SeaPerch gives students a hands-on approach to the STEM fields and the basics of teamwork, Asenime feels the program also gives students greater insight into the many ways they can apply a STEM degree into a rewarding career.

"SeaPerch broadens their horizon and gets them in tune with technology and engineering outside of the regular classroom setting," said Asenime. "I think my students will be more open to go down different roads to success now."

NRD Dallas encompasses 220,000 square miles that includes Northwest Texas and Oklahoma.

Navy City Outreach is dedicated to networking with communities to support diversity, STEM through SeaPerch and Navy Awareness.

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