DroneWhat is STEM SEALs?

A National Science Foundation funded research project to develop engaging, age appropriate STEM design learning experiences for rural middle school youth.  Its purpose is to create collaborative partnerships between school level, college level, and STEM professionals to promote greater awareness of STEM pathways, increase readiness for STEM post-secondary study, and to generate student identity as STEM-able, STEM-skilled, and STEM-belonging.  One of the project’s goals is to produce relevant STEM design challenge modules for historically under served students in high poverty, and rural areas. The research will take place over two years and will involve a collaborative team including area teachers in a design phase, review phase, and implementation phase which involves a Summer Institute that will bring middle school students to campus to take part in STEM design challenges.

Model aircraft carriers developed and built by the STEM SEALs expert team are used for mission support of SEA and AIR challenges. The carriers function as landing platform and ATC (air traffic control) for drones and observers for operations in the water using an on-board WiFi camera.

What does STEM SEALs stand for?

STEM :  Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math

SEALs :  Sea, Air, and Land remotely operated vehicle design challenges

EngineeringWhat are the STEM SEALs Design Challenges?

The STEM SEALs Design Challenges are learning modules focusing on SEA, AIR, and LAND.  The challenges will involve ROVs (robotic operating vehicles), unmanned aerial systems (drones), and autonomous ground vehicles.  The Design Challenge Summer Institutes will give middle school students hands-on experiences in STEM utilizing microprocessors, coding, collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking all culminating with a competitive challenge on the last day where students can demonstrate their designs and skills.   

The STEM SEALs Research Project gratefully acknowledges funding support from the National Science Foundation.

NSF Acknowledgement