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STEM Initiatives Through Naval Architecture. Prof. Paul Miller D.Eng. PE Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering Department United States Naval Academy. Why?. Our country’s standard of living since the ’40s is heavily based on its technical leadership

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Stem initiatives through naval architecture

STEM Initiatives Through Naval Architecture

Prof. Paul Miller D.Eng. PE

Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering Department

United States Naval Academy


Why?

  • Our country’s standard of living since the ’40s is heavily based on its technical leadership

  • We have fallen from a top position to a low position in the international rankings of student preparation for technical positions

  • Our future standard of living will require reversing that trend

  • We are here to achieve that!


What is my little piece of the puzzle
What is my little piece of the puzzle?

  • Naval Architecture (Ship Design Engineering) covers anything that moves on, below or just above the surface of the water. About 30,000 vessels underway right now.

  • About equal dollars in three categories:

    • Commercial (~90% of world trade, or 7,200,000,000,000 pounds annually)

    • Government (military, research)

    • Recreational


We have our issues
We have our issues!

  • Naval Architecture is one of the top ten “impacted” professions in the US.

  • One of the top 10 average salaries

  • Average age is 54!

  • Only a handful of schools teach it

  • Great starting point for careers in other fields, such as environmental, business

  • Basically an unknown profession!

  • How do we get new folks involved?


Project based learning
Project-Based Learning!

  • Hands-on learning

  • Technical skills from simple to complex

  • Project organization and management

    • Schedule

    • Budget

    • Risk

  • Broader understanding of the world

  • Examples…(all can be Googled!)


Balsa boat contest
Balsa Boat Contest

  • Inspired by Ben Franklin!

  • 1-2’ long boats towed by dropped weights

  • 100% design and building

  • $5-10 per boat

  • Fun!


Seaperch
SeaPerch

  • Robotic underwater vessels

  • Kit boat

  • Lots of educational support material!

  • Sponsored by US Navy and SNAME

  • $125-400


Footies
Footies

  • 1 foot long “box” rule

  • Fits in a suitcase

  • 10% electronics, 90% design and building

  • $75-200

  • Nationwide support


Micromagic
MicroMagic

  • Kit Boat

  • Fits in a suitcase

  • Skills: 90% programming, 10% building

  • $600-1500 per boat

  • Worldwide competition


Sailbot
SailBot

  • 2 meters long

  • 5 meters tall

  • Fully autonomous

  • 50% programming/50% design and building

  • $1-8K budget

  • Raced in North America and Europe

  • Starting point for unmanned oceanographic research vessels


Thanks for helping
Thanks for helping!

USNA has a STEM summer program!


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