Over 1,000 fifth graders from Norfolk Public Schools visited Naval Station Norfolk on Friday to learn about the daily operations of the base. Students viewed the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) truck and a dive tank, as well as other exhibits. They also got the opportunity to tour two Navy ships.
The day-long event was part of Norfolk Public Schools’ Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program, which is designed to increase students’ awareness and skills in those fields. According to Norfolk Public Schools, the goal of the event was to educate, connect and inspire the students. Both the Naval Station and the schools plan for this to be an annual event.
“Less than one year ago, we began the discussion of how we could collaboratively work together to provide our students an educational opportunity of a lifetime right in our backyard at Naval Station Norfolk, and now it’s come to fruition,” said Dr. Sharon I. Byrdsong, Executive Director of Interagency Collaboration and Wraparound Services for Norfolk Public Schools in a press release.
“We think this event will build and strengthen an already very strong partnership with Norfolk Public Schools,” said Captain Rich McDaniel, Naval Station Norfolk Commanding Officer.
Over a dozen commands and organizations partnered to create the STEM-focused experience.