Exciting STEM based opportunity coming to HWRHS this week!


Contact: Regina O’Neil, Chemistry Teacher, HWRHS   



On Thursday, February 6, 2014 a team from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard will visit Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School to present a full day program to the sophomore class.  The objective of the program is to show the students what types of activities happen at a Shipyard and how they use science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to accomplish their work.  The larger objective of the program is to expose the students to some of the career opportunities that exist in the STEM related fields and encourage interested students to pursue higher education and/or careers in STEM related fields.

        The team will consist mainly of engineers, technicians, chemists, and skilled tradespersons.

        The program will start with an introduction to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the mission of the Shipyard, to overhaul, repair, and modernize submarines for the U.S. Navy.  The Shipyard provides the U.S. Navy’s nuclear powered submarine fleet with quality overhaul work in a safe, timely, and affordable manner.

        After the introduction, the students will divide into groups and rotate through different stations where Shipyarders will give presentations, demonstrations, and small group activities related to their work.  Examples of topics that will be covered in the presentations and activities include surveying, sonar, welding, power generation, flinking, non-destructive testing (NDT), thermodynamics and submarine escape and rescue.