Bay District School 'Dives' Into STEM Fields for 'Month of the Military Diver'

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Hundreds of Bay District School students spent the day learning how to be a diver.

On Friday, The Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) celebrated 'The Month of the Military Diver' at NSA Panama City.

"We've had a lot of work courting with the community, working with Bay Schools to getting all the different facets on the base at the Warfare Center and Navy [Experimental] Diving Unit, " said Commanding Officer Cameron Chen.

Chen helped put the arrays of displays together.

"I was always interested in building things, and trying to apply all this stuff you learn in school and put that head knowledge to work. So hopefully we're able to do this here for a lot of these students," added Chen.

Bay High School senior and Air Force JROTC Cadet Commander, Joshua Vaden, will attend the United States Air Force Academy after graduation, but said diving skills wouldn't hurt.

"They had many opportunities at the academy including diving and so I'll have some experience going into that," said Air Force JROTC Joshua Vaden.

Southeast Navy Region Commander and Rear Admiral, Bette Bolivar, said the possibilities for diving are endless.

"The importance in what we do in terms of diving, the resume it goes from anywhere from salvaging downed aircraft to supporting natural disasters," said Bolivar.

Bolivar said this exposure goes beyond diving, and ultimately exposes kids to STEM careers.

"You see a lot of those businesses offering those job opportunities that fall in those four categories," said Bolivar.

This is the second year the NSA Panama City held the event.

'The Month of the Military' was proclaimed by Mayor Greg Brudnicki in 2015.

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