Navy’s Forged By The Sea Tour Provides STEM Fun for High School Students


GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) -Virtual reality drills, fitness challenges, and a dynamic selfie booth are just a few of what the US Navy Forged by the sea information visit brought to the Lycée Gautier on Monday.

It may sound like more common military recruiting than usual, but this is how recruiters sell current Navy and STEM-related programs to tech-savvy students. Senior Chef and Instructor Gautier ROTC Stanley Weaver says it’s nowhere near how he was recruited over 20 years ago.

“The technology has taken over so quickly and we’re trying to keep pace,” Weaver said. ” Our Forged by the sea the trailer and the simulators have things that we offer young men and women just to whet their curiosity, and the things that take off are our STEM programs, science, technology, engineering, and math. These subjects are operational.

One of the most interesting parts of the Forged by the sea Tour Bus is a virtual reality experience where, in the virtual world, students pilot what is known as a SWIC boat through hostile territory as they attempt to extract Navy Seals.

“You get a briefing. Then you go ahead and complete the mission. Then you do a debriefing, ”added Stanley.

This plays directly into the technological wheelhouse of students like Gautier Junior Evan Williamson.

“I’ve always liked gadgets, x-boxes and things like that, so to see a virtual reality like this that simulates what the military do, I’d love to do that,” Williamson said.

The Forged by the sea the tour will also stop at St. Martin High School later this week.

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