NAVY LEAGUE NEWS
The “Chief Mad Scientist of the Navy,” an Inter- national Space Station astronaut and a quite liter-
ally electrifying performance by the Science Brothers
highlighted the Navy League STEM Institute’s inaugu-
ral Naval STEM Exposition April 12 and kicked off the
50th Sea-Air-Space Exposition at the Gaylord Con-
vention Center in National Harbor, Md.
“This is so cool” and “that was awesome” were the
operative phrases of the day for many of the more than
800 area students in grades six through 12, including a
large contingent of U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and Navy
League Cadet Corps, family members and educators that
crowded the hallways and exhibit space at the event. The
Naval STEM Exposition was co-sponsored by the Office of
Naval Research (ONR) as a means to generate interest and
excitement about science, technology, engineering and
math (STEM) career opportunities in the naval workforce.
And given the opportunity to take Marine Corps
robotic vehicles for a spin; perform simulated laparo-
scopic surgical procedures; build bridges out of cups and
straws that held up candy; operate SeaPerch unmanned
underwater vehicles; test cyber defense skills; and put
several flight simulator programs through their paces,
there was plenty of excitement for the attendees, some-
thing that did not go unnoticed by RADM Mathias W.
Winter, chief of naval research.
In his welcoming remarks, Winter, who wore the
banner of “Chief Mad Scientist” for the day, looked out
at the packed exhibit hall and said, “That’s awesome.
It’s a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon and you’re
inside looking at science. Navy science rocks!”
Winter said students like those gathered for the Naval
STEM Exposition were going to “invent tomorrow” for the
Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, and cited such
inventions as radar and the Global Positioning System as
examples of breakthroughs developed by naval scientists.
“The stuff we are thinking about today is what you
will be doing tomorrow,” he said.
Naval Science ‘Rocks’ Big Crowd
At Inaugural STEM Exposition
By PETER ATKINSON, Deputy Editor
69 WWW.SEAPOWERMAGAZINE.ORG SEAPOWER / MAY 2015
RADM Mathias W. Winter, the “Chief Mad Scientist of the Navy,” welcomes attendees to the Navy League STEM Institute’s first
Naval STEM Exposition April 12 during the Sea-Air-Space Exposition at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.