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USS Hornet Museum

July 23, 2015 15:03 ET

USS Hornet Museum Awarded Prestigious Navy STEM Grant

Partnership With US Naval Academy and Naval Historical Foundation Aimed at Developing Hands-On K-12 STEM Curriculum

ALAMEDA, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 23, 2015) - The USS Hornet Museum was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to work with the US Naval Academy (USNA) and the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) over the next three years. The grant will create a multi-purpose K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program that can be employed at any Naval museum in the United States.

The partnership and grant emerge from the Department of the Navy's efforts to improve and promote innovative STEM education that meets the needs of U.S.A.'s future economy and national security. Through the ONR, it has sought to raise the profile of Naval museums and historic Naval ships, highlighting the unique opportunities they present as educational resources and venues for training K-12 teachers.

As Hornet Museum Board of Trustee's Robert Fish notes, "What better place to inspire young people about STEM than on the very aircraft carrier -- a marvel of engineering in itself -- that recovered the first humans to walk on the moon?"

Since its opening in 1998, the USS Hornet Museum has engaged the minds of thousands of young people through several popular programs, including merit badge classes for Scouts and Living Ship Day events that feature notable speakers. In recent years, however, the Museum has worked actively to bring its newer educational initiatives into harmony with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

For example, the recently-debuted STEM to Stern Jr. Program allows K-12 students to explore grade level-appropriate physics and earth science concepts by relating them to the day-to-day operations of a WWII aircraft carrier. With the ONR grant and the new partnership, the Hornet will be positioned to contribute to new developments in STEM education, particularly for girls and underserved youth.

"We are thrilled to collaborate with such visionary institutions as the US Naval Academy and the Naval Historical Foundation," said Heidi Schave, the head of the USS Hornet's Education Department. "They recognize the vital importance of training young students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and they bring a wealth of teaching experience and curriculum development into the partnership."

For more information about the USS Hornet's current STEM programs, please visit: http://www.uss-hornet.org/groups/schools/

About the USS Hornet Museum:
The USS Hornet Museum is a popular tourist destination for families located in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspiring people of all ages. Through field trips and live-aboard experiences, the USS Hornet Museum offers educational programs focusing on naval history, science and space technology. A registered state and national historic landmark and home of the largest collection of Apollo space mission artifacts on the West Coast, the aircraft carrier-museum is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is permanently berthed at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 in Alameda, CA. Ample free parking is available across from the pier. The USS Hornet is also a unique, unforgettable venue available for corporate events; trade shows and expos; private parties and big band dances; and TV and film productions. For more information, ticket prices, and event planning, visit: www.uss-hornet.org or call (510) 521-8448.

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