Navy hosts underwater 'glider science' camps

August 2, 2011 - via Federal News Radio

The Navy is putting a twist on science class, in hopes of getting kids interested in the field - and maybe even federal careers. The Navy is teaching middle school students in Alaska about autonomous, underwater gliders, which travel the oceans gathering information about temperature, depth and other measurements.

The Naval Surface Warfare Center is hosting underwater glider science camps as part of its mission to spark interest in science, technology, engineering and math, efforts known as STEM.

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

Finn Sinclair, 12, works with the Navy's Michael Britt-Crane on his underwater glider with a water bottle body Friday at the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute.

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

Toby Ratcliffe, a research hydrodynamicist with the Naval Surface Warfare Center of Bethesda, Md., left, and Finn Sinclair, 12, test underwater gliders in a test tank Friday at the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute.

Federal News Radio reporter Ruben Gomez spoke with ocean engineer and STEM outreach coordinator Toby Ratcliffe about the camp.

Toby Ratcliffe, STEM outreach coordinator, Naval Surface Warfare Center

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Author:Ruben Gomez