Summer Engineering Exploration Experience (E3) for Students

The Engineering Exploration Experience (E3) is a one-week summer program for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students being offered at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.  Students will have the opportunity to explore various engineering principles, focusing each day on a specific field:  Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace, Chemical, and Computer Engineering.  The aim is to enable students to understand the differences between the various fields of engineering and to help them clarify which engineering field they may want to pursue.

E3 is fun!  Students will have the opportunity to build and launch catapults, make a hydraulic system, create electrical circuits, produce crazy chemical reactions, launch rockets, and more!  They will tour various hangars and engineering labs.  Plus, they will get to meet, and ask questions of, a variety of scientists and engineers.

E3 is FREE! Thanks to the sponsorship of the Office of Naval Research via the NAWCAD Educational Outreach Office, there is no charge for registration.  Registration is open to all community members. Each student is responsible to bring their own bag lunch, sealable drinks, and any snacks daily. 

There are three main sessions to choose from:  June 26th - 30th,  August 7th- 11th and August 21st - August 25th. The program is scheduled from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Fridays on Pax River Naval Air Station.  For registration forms and further information, email Deborah.Grinder.CTR@navy.mil.  Registration opens March 15th.

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High School Engineering

Forrest Career and Technology Center, Engineering Program

This 2-year program prepares students for entry into a two or four-year college engineering program. Students will learn the fundamental principles and applications of a wide variety of engineering fields.

Engineer Like a Girl Program

Offered by the College of Southern Maryland, this week-long program is designed to increase awareness and familiarize high school girls with career opportunities in the field of engineering. The goal of the program is to stomp out negative stereotypes commonly associated with women’s ability to pursue careers in math and science related fields.

College Engineering

The Southern Maryland Mechanical Engineering Program provides students with an opportunity to earn a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland while attending classes in the local area.  Through the collaborative efforts of College of Southern Maryland (CSM), University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering, and Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), students are able to take advantage of accredited ME courses close to home.

Students spend the first two years completing general coursework at CSM (or other institution).  The remaining two years of the program, students take courses at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC) and at UMD College Park.  These courses are taught by faculty on site in Southern Maryland or through distance education technologies.  Engineering courses at SMHEC are taught by experienced part-time faculty members with strong connection to the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

Through an Educational Partnership Agreement between NAWCAD and UMD, upper-class students are provided with an opportunity to apply for the Pathways to Engineering Intern Program.  Through this program, students  gain work experience through internships at NAWCAD, as well as the potential of tuition assistance and post graduate employment opportunities on the Naval base.

For more information on the Southern Maryland Mechanical Engineering Program, please visit the CSM website at http://csmd.edu/stem/events_internship.html or the UMD A. James Clark School of Engineering, Southern Maryland Mechanical Engineering Program at http://www.enme.umd.edu/so-md-program.

Pathways to Engineering Overview