The Coast Guard stood at the “Intersection of America’s Future” in early February to honor several awardees of the Black Engineer of the Year Award ceremony. The conference brought together 12,000 STEM professionals from across the nation to inspire young Americans to pursue an engineering education and to recognize the achievements of senior military leaders within the STEM professions.
Petty Officer 1st Class Angel Leott and Debra Owens were selected for the Technology Rising Star Award, granted to individuals who help shape technology for the future, during the 22nd Women of Color Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Conference.
The Coast Guard Academy, in cooperation with the Connecticut Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America, recently hosted a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) merit badge program for over 120 Boy Scouts from five different states. Cadets and Academy instructors taught hands-on programs in chemistry, engineering, electricity and electronics, emergency preparedness and citizenship, among others.
Think of a popular 21st century TV game show and finish the next sentence: “Who wants to be… a________?!” Now replace the missing word ‘Millionaire’ with the word ‘Engineer’ and you’ll basically find an equivalent level of enthusiasm amongst a small enclave of about 50 inner-city ninth and tenth-grade students from two public high schools in Providence, Rhode Island.
A background in science, technology, engineering or mathematics serves Coast Guard men and women well in all mission areas. Just last week, four Coast Guard members were honored for their achievements in this area.
“I worked in middle schools before joining the Coast Guard and know just how important and influential volunteers are in an educational environment, especially active-duty military members. Seeing student’s eyes light up when they first see a Coast Guard member make an appearance to step in to help out with school events is heartwarming as well as gratifying.” – OS3 Kristina Manson
Pre-engineering students at the Providence Career and Technical Academy had the unique opportunity to develop STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – skills in an aquatic robotics design and build competition sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The academy’s Robotics on the Water event is designed to provide a contextual learning opportunity for pre-engineering students at the Providence Career and Technical Academy. In addition to learning more about engineering from Coast Guard cadets, students were mentored by more seasoned engineers from the Coast Guard Civil Engineering Unit Warwick, R.I.
In honor of the many contributions women have made in the history of our service, leaders of today’s Coast Guard are gathering to celebrate Women’s History Month. From boat stations to aircraft hangars, servicemembers are recognizing barrier-breaking women who have made our nation great. This year’s national theme is Women inspiring innovation through imagination: Celebrating women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.