Reiterating that need, Ivey said,
was the STEM Expo video presentation by Andrew Liveris, chairman and chief executive officer of
Liveris’ presentation noted that
the United States ranked 48th in
the world in math and science
education, and that many STEM-related jobs available in the country today are going unfilled because there are not enough skilled
and qualified candidates.
When it comes to the education
needed to gain those skills and
qualification, Liveris said only 6
percent of American students have
focused their education on STEM
courses, compared with 12 percent
of European students and 40 percent of Chinese students.
“That really put things in perspective and showed what a critical
need there was for supporting
STEM education,” Ivey said.
The idea for the STEM Expo
was born out of the 2011 Navy Days L.A., when more
than 40,000 people crowded the port area to tour the
aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, leading to long
lines and significant waits.
“We’ve got them there, we’ve got a captive audience,
let’s teach them something about the sea services and
why it’s important to support them,” Ivey said. “That
way we can multiply the experience.
“So the STEM Expo was a natural and it went great
for a first time out. It ran like it was supposed and now
that the first one is done, we can improve the quality,
improve the message and improve the whole experi-
ence of the next one.”
The kickoff for Navy Days L.A. 2012 was a ship ride
from San Diego to San Pedro on Aug. 14 aboard Wayne
E. Meyer and George Cobb. About 260 people, includ-
ing a number of Navy Leaguers, their guests and 70
young people, were along for the ride.
While in town for Navy Days L.A., members of the
ships’ crews were able to attend a series of receptions
and special events, tour the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, take part in a sailing race
and attend a Los Angeles Angels baseball game, among
Navy League National President Philip L. Dunmire
was on hand for a VIP reception aboard Wayne E.
Meyer, while Baxter spoke before the Los Angeles City
Council and the Rotary Club. ■
Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Angelo Llarina leads a tour of Boy Scouts and
Cub Scouts aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS
Wayne E. Meyer Aug. 15 during Navy Days L.A. 2012.
“They get to learn about applications we have,
which are games about engineering,” Jazmin Reyes, an
Iridescent member, told the Navy News Service. “They
really enjoy playing with the remote operated vehicles
because they can see them move in the water.”
“This is basically an initiative to get kids interested
in these subjects,” added Amy Wood, another
Along with interacting with Sailors and getting a
glimpse into what daily life in the Navy is like during
their tours aboard Wayne E. Meyer, visitors saw the
practical applications of the STEM disciplines they
learned about at the Expo. A scale model of the battleship USS Nevada used in the film “Tora! Tora! Tora!”
that was on display at Navy Days L.A., and the battleship Iowa that is berthed in San Pedro allowed visitors
to the contrast the naval technology of the World War
I and World War II eras with the advanced systems
they saw aboard a modern guided-missile destroyer.
Nevada was commissioned in 1916 and Iowa was
commissioned in 1943. Wayne E. Meyer is one of the
Navy’s newest destroyers, having been commissioned
“It’s important for the future of the nation to have an
understanding of engineering,” Cmdr. William H.
Baxter, Meyer’s commanding officer, told the Navy News
Service. “We need more engineers to design, maintain
and operate a ship such as the Wayne E. Meyer.”