NAVFAC Marianas Personnel Share Careers, STEM Knowledge with Students

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Guam – Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas personnel met with students from Cmdr. William C. McCool Elementary and Middle School to discuss Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at the school on U.S. Naval Base Guam April 16.

Capt. Cheryl Hansen, NAVFAC Marianas executive officer, said the invitation to speak to the students was a chance for the team to share the mission of the command and deliver insight on the importance of STEM.

“We’ve brought a team of engineers and scientists from Naval Facilities Engineering Command to talk about the types of jobs that we do and the breath and the depth and the scope of opportunities that are out there for young people when they get interested in math, science and technology,” she said.

Hansen added NAVFAC speakers hoped their presentations inspired students to pursue classes and careers within the STEM field.

[Cmdr. Douglas King, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas operations officer, speaks to elementary students about his career and the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) during a presentation at Cmdr. William C. McCool Elementary and Middle School on U.S. Naval Base Guam April 16. King and other NAVFAC Marianas personnel met with students to hopefully inspire them to pursue STEM classes. (U.S. Navy photo by JoAnna Delfin/Released)]

“What we hope to do is spark an interest at a young age so that they begin to focus on math and science and choose those types of classes to lay the foundation and the groundwork they’re (going to) need as they grow,” she said. “Partly our nation needs to be competitive in math and science around the world and so it’s important that we start at a young age so we’re competitive in the international realm.”

MEMS STEM Program Leader Debora Moore said the school was glad to have NAVFAC personnel at the campus to share career experiences with students.

“NAVFAC of course is the ‘builders’ so they’re perfect examples of success in the community of people who are using their engineering skills to design and build the world that the students see, she said. “It is so wonderful to have such great community volunteers.”

According to Moore, schools such as MEMS are actively pursuing more opportunities to offer students.

“The schools are really trying to focus on STEM fields because we’re trying to prepare these kids for the future and we want them to understand the importance of mathematics and science in the world that they’re (going to) be creating,” she said.


[Lt. Richard Diaz, a construction management engineer with Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas, discusses ways Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) play a role in students’ lives during a presentation at Cmdr. William C. McCool Elementary and Middle School on U.S. Naval Base Guam April 16. Diaz and other NAVFAC Marianas personnel met with students to discuss their careers and to hopefully inspire them to pursue classes related to STEM. (U.S. Navy photo by JoAnna Delfin/Released)]

Hansen echoed Moore’s sentiments and added that the opportunities and careers offered within the STEM field are beneficial to those who choose to pursue them.

“I feel very strongly that math and science and engineering and technology just open a world of opportunity to any person that chooses any one of those fields,” she said. “The doors of opportunity that open and that have opened for me personally have been tremendous.”

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