Employees from SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic (SSC Atlantic) New Orleans Detachment supported the Bayou Regional FIRST Robotics competition (FRC) at the Pontchartrain Center April 3-5th.
SSC Atlantic New Orleans Detachment volunteers mentored students from Warren Easton Charter High School, Destrehan High School and Slidell High School as the students tested their engineering skills. The staff has played an active role motivating students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) within the Greater New Orleans community for more than three years.
“Last year 15 employees volunteered at the Bayou Regional FIRST Robotics Competition as judges, safety inspectors, administrators, and anything else that they needed us to do,” said David Gravseth, SSC Atlantic New Orleans Detachment STEM coordinator. “We’re glad to be back again this year to support the competition in a major way.”
SSC Atlantic New Orleans Detachment works closely with the Orleans Parish School District, St. Tammany Parish School District, St. Charles Parish School District, and the Algiers Charter School Association in a number of different activities including an IT (Information Technology) Shadow Day during which they hosted 15 high school students at the SSC Atlantic New Orleans Detachment for a day of STEM-focused demonstrations and discussions with SSC Atlantic leadership and employees.
The New Orleans Detachment has provided volunteers as mentors for the middle school students in support of the FIRST Lego League Robotics Program. Additionally, volunteers have judged exhibits at the District VIII Science and Engineering Fair in Hammond, La. and the Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair (GNOSEF) at the University of New Orleans (UNO).
SSC Atlantic New Orleans Detachment volunteers teamed with other local organizations to do great things for our local youth, Gravseth added. “We work with the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), at Stennis Space Center, and with the Gulf Coast Regional SeaPerch Challenge, where volunteers from SSC Atlantic spent time in Biloxi, Miss., to help run the event.”
They also work with Red Stick Robotics, providing volunteers to assist with VEX and BEST robotics competitions. They are working with Red Stick Robotics to plan a week-long summer camp from June 16-19 that will host more than 25 students who participate in STEM activities throughout the week.
SSC Atlantic’s New Orleans Detachment has more than 200 employees and is supported by the efforts of hundreds of defense contractors located at the University of New Orleans (UNO) Research Technology Center. SSC Atlantic makes IT count for the warfighter and the nation. The SSC Atlantic team rapidly delivers and supports solutions that enable information dominance for naval, joint, national and coalition warfighters. SSC Atlantic develops, acquires, and provides life-cycle support for Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems, Information Technology (IT) systems, and Space Systems. SSC Atlantic is a leading edge Navy engineering center that designs, builds, tests, fields and supports many of the finest frontline C4ISR systems in use today, and those being planned for the future.