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Our series of standards-aligned lesson plans provide a wide variety of classroom learning tools. 

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Navy STEM for the Classroom is a series of standards-aligned, interactive lesson plans specifically designed for 9-12 graders to explore new ideas and new worlds related to science, technology, engineering and math. Our no-cost digital resources are perfect for students curious about how to apply their STEM knowledge to actual careers like Naval Aviation, Electrical Engineering, or Nuclear Propulsion Engineering.

Ocean Landing

Physics

Ocean Landing

Find out how Navy pilots launch and land high-speed jets on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. Explore how weather phenomena can impact the approaches and how pilots, flight-deck operators and engineers work together to safely land in various conditions.

Robotics and Future Technology

Physics

Man conducting research

Learn how the Navy and other industries use robots and the importance of robots in certain jobs. Then, design a robot that can be used to help distinguish fires.

Sonar and Echolocation

Biology | Physics

Sonar and Echolocation

Investigate how sound can be used to navigate, communicate, locate objects and create 3-D images of surroundings. Find out how sonar technology compares to natural echolocation used by animals. Then apply your knowledge to create a 3-D model.

The Science of Nuclear Power

Physics | Social Sciences

Science of Nuclear Power

Hands-on activities introduce students to basic concepts of nuclear physics including fission, radioactivity, nuclear decay and transmutation. Students will learn key principles of nuclear physics as it relates to nuclear power.

GPS and Navigation

Geography | Geometry | Trigonometry

GPS and Navigation

Learn about GPS and navigation and how coordinates are determined using mathematical principles. Over three individual lessons, students will study map reading, learn how satellites work and explore GPS glacier tracking in the Northwest Passage of the Arctic.

Oceanography and Meteorology

Meteorology | Physical Oceanography

Oceanography and Meteorology

Use interactive tools to learn about the principles of physical oceanography (waves, tides and currents) and meteorology (winds) with the goal of understanding how they affect ocean navigation. Then students will apply what they have learned.

The Science of Diving

Physics | Physiology

Diver underwater

Play the role of a Navy Diver to understand the importance of gas laws as they conduct lab activities that illustrate the physics of gases and the impact on a diver's body. Apply your learning to the Dive Mission when you play the Navy Proving Ground Interactive.

Jets in Flight

Physics

Jets in Flight

How is it possibly that a 55,000-pound vehicle can fly? This question - and others - will be answered as students create physical and conceptual models for aircraft in flight as they learn the science behind this engineering feat. Apply your learning to the Flight School mission.

Future Fleet

Buoyancy | Density | Volume

Future Fleet

Put your engineering skills to use by designing prototypes while learning about metacenter, center of gravity and displacement mass. Then test the models to see if they are seaworthy. Apply your learning to Sea Trials mission.

Digital Interactives

Hands-on learning through trial and error is critical to STEM success. The Navy STEM Challenges Self-Paced Module and Navy Proving Grounds Interactive will test your students' minds and skills, leaving them with a sense of achievement. 

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Digital Interactives

On flight deck control, it's a chess game of project management, the discipline of thinking ahead and how to manage space and time.

LCDR Vern Jensen
Aircraft Handling Officer USS Nimitz
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