Advancing STEM Education in SoMD

News Release, The Patuxent Partnership

Part of our mission is to advance STEM education in Southern Maryland, starting with the youngest residents — and we’ve been able to do that thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of our members and benefactors. We’re honored to have been recognized alongside benefactor Northrop Grumman by the St. Mary’s County Board of Education for a recent donation to the county’s public schools, which helped put two robots in every elementary school in St. Mary’s County. Read more

We are also pleased to announce the winners of the TPP Science and Engineering awards for middle and high school students in St. Mary’s County! See their projects and join us in congratulating their achievements at a special awards reception on February 20. Learn more

Scroll down for more STEM & STEAM events and opportunities from our community partners!

Upcoming TPP Programs:

  • St. Mary’s County Science & Engineering Special Awards Reception, Feb. 20
  • TPP/ANA Panel, Accelerated Acquisition and Rapid Contracting, March 13
  • Young Professionals Networking Event at Calvert Marine Museum, March 14
  • NAWCAD Industry Day, March 26
  • Mission Readiness, April 16
  • Positioning, Navigation, and Timing, May 21

In our community:

  • PRNAM Technology and Arts Expo, Feb. 2
  • TEDCO Builder Fund, applications due Feb. 3
  • Understanding NIST SP 800-171 Compliance, Feb. 14
  • NAWCAD Summer Internship Programs, applications due March 15
  • Maryland Defense Cybersecurity Assistance Program (DCAP)
  • Buy Maryland Cybersecurity Tax Credit
  • NAVAIR Announcement: Solicitation for a NAWCAD Consortium Management Company
  • DSI Upcoming Programs
  • To-Do List

Upcoming Programs

St. Mary’s County Science & Engineering Special Awards Reception

  • Wednesday, February 20
  • 5 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Great Mills High School

We invite you to join us at a reception to honor the winners of TPP special awards for the St. Mary’s County Science and Engineering Fair! Guest speaker Dr. Troy Townsend, assistant professor of chemistry at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, will offer his remarks about the importance of STEM and the significance of the students’ achievements.

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TPP/ANA Panel on Accelerated Acquisition and Rapid Contracting

  • Wednesday, March 13
  • 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

Keynote speaker & moderator: Bill Bray, SES, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (DASN(RDT&E))

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Positioning, Navigation, and Timing

  • Tuesday, May 21
  • 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Southern Maryland Higher Education Center

Join us for a day of expert speakers and panelists from government, industry, and academia who will address positioning, navigation and timing in GPS-denied environments. Deputy Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, Dr. Christopher Ekstrom, will serve as keynote speaker. Topics include PNT and the warfighter, positioning and navigation technology, timing and communication technology.

Sponsorship opportunities are available!

Register >>

Mark your calendar!
Young Professionals Networking Event
Calvert Marine Museum
March 14

NAWCAD Industry Day with One-on-Ones
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center
March 26

Mission Readiness (full-day program)
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center
April 16

  • Keynote speaker: Vice Adm. Dean Peters, Commander, Naval Air Systems Command

Community Events & Opportunities

PRNAM Technology and Arts Expo
February 2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (PRNAM) will be hosting the 2nd annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) Day at the museum on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Enjoy family-friendly activities and demonstrations with ABSI Defense (with their hands-on drone cage!), PaxSpace, BUILD A HERO and the Space Bus, St. Mary’s College of Maryland Tiny House Project, St. Mary’s County Arts Council, The Boeing Company, Sabre Systems, Inc., STEM-ING, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Educational Outreach Office and the Mobile Fab Lab, and more!

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TEDCO Builder Fund

The TEDCO Builder Fund is seeking scalable, startup companies (typically less than 2 years old) commercializing a product or technology. Companies selected for a Builder Fund investment will also receive executive support to better position the company to receive follow-on, professional investment in 12–18 months. Entrepreneurs can apply for the program by completing an application and submitting a short (2-page) executive summary. Applications due February 3.

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Understanding NIST SP 800-171 Compliance

February 14, 1 – 2 p.m.

Need help understanding NIST SP 800-17? Join this webinar hosted by Peerless Tech Solutions on the second Thursday of each month! Each session will cover topics such as NIST SP 800-17 basics, identifying CUI and CDI, adequate security standards, “which cloud?”, implementation and compliance, and getting started.

Learn more >>

NAWCAD Summer Internship Programs

Applications are open for NAWCAD Avionics, Sensors, and E*Warfare Department Summer Internship Programs. The programs offer rising high school seniors and rising college freshman an unpaid opportunity to gain exposure to aviation electronics and sensors, radio waves and radar technology at NAS Patuxent River. Applications due March 15.

Learn more >>

Maryland Defense Cybersecurity Assistance Program (DCAP)

DCAP provides funding and assistance for defense contractors to comply with the DFARS and NIST 800-171 Standards for Cybersecurity. Coordinated by Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the program features compliance experts and provides funding and resources for companies to comply with these standards.

Learn more >>

Buy Maryland Cybersecurity Tax Credit

The Buy Maryland Cybersecurity Tax Credit provides an incentive for Qualified Maryland Companies to purchase cybersecurity technologies and services from a Qualified Maryland Cybersecurity Seller. Qualified Maryland Companies may claim a tax credit for 50% of the net purchase price of cybersecurity technologies and services purchased from a Qualified Maryland Cybersecurity Seller.

Learn more >>

NAVAIR Announcement: Solicitation for a NAWCAD Consortium Management Company

Naval Air Systems Command has released the solicitation for an Other Transaction (OT) Agreement for a Naval Aviation Consortium. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s (NAWCAD) intent is to competitively award an OT Agreement with a nonprofit Consortium Management Company.

Learn more >>

Defense Strategies Institute Upcoming Programs

  • Feb. 6-7: Automated ISR Symposium
  • Mar. 6-7: Joint Civil & DoD CBRN
  • Mar. 13-14: DoD Unmanned Systems
  • Mar. 20-21: GeoData Summit
  • Apr. 3-4: Military IoT & Sensors

*Military and government employees attend free.

Learn more >>

To-Do List

Have you ever wanted to contribute to an exhibit at a museum? St. Clement’s Island Museum is seeking historic documents, photos and other significant objects related to St. Clement’s Island and the Colton’s Point area from the 20th century and earlier, at their Community Day on February 8. Learn more >>

What does community mean to you? Mark your calendar to join the conversation at TEDxGreatMills on March 23.

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