Students learn STEM at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune

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Approximately 130 students from Department of Defense Education Activities schools participated in a STEM Fair. (Christina Thompson, NewsChannel 12 photo)

Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune (NMCCL) holds many titles, one of them being a teaching facility.

Approximately 130 students from Department of Defense Education Activities (DoDEA) schools participated in a STEM Fair at NMCCL. This was the third time NMCCL has partnered with DoDEA schools to offer the STEM Fair to their students.

"These experiences lay the groundwork of interest in health care fields and engagement of future practitioners in careers that embody the STEM focus and Navy Medicine," said LCDR Kellye Donovan, NMCCL STEM Director. "Mentors in pediatrics, surgery, laboratory, pharmacy, orthopedics, physical therapy, radiology, labor and delivery, anesthesiology and podiatry will provide teaching to immerse students in patient care areas and help them gain valuable experience."

Students rotated through a series of stations, each focusing on a different skill. For example, students learned basic principles of DNA using pea plants and simple pH principles using household liquids.

Students also experimented with chemical reactions used daily in the laboratory. The demonstrations were led by staff and Sailors currently working in select areas of NMCCL.

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