U.S. Navy photo by Stacia Courtney
Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) commander, Capt. Michael Smith, speaks with Post Oak Middle School students in Spotsylvania, Va., after presenting a command overview with a special emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) applications. Smith's brief to students and teachers answered questions such as: What is NSWC Dahlgren? What kind of careers are available? What kind of people work for NSWC Dahlgren? What do you have to know to become a Navy scientist or engineer? What classes should you take? How can you make a difference? "He got the attention of several of our students and gave them some direction for the future," said Emily Horne, instructional technology resource teacher. Smith used National Defense Education Program videos filmed on location at Dahlgren to give the students a better idea of what it's like to work in a STEM career field engaged with exciting technologies that protect our nation and warfighters.