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Educational Events

FMP employees who work at Naval Nuclear Laboratory help local children prepare for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through our support of schools, universities, and educational outreach programs. The programs listed below represent some of the events we have supported.

The Naval Nuclear Laboratory locations that support each activity are marked using the following codes: P = Pittsburgh, PA. NY = Schenectady and Saratoga Springs, NY. C = Charleston, SC. I = Idaho Falls, ID.

Carnegie Science Center SciTech Fair

The SciTech fair at Carnegie Science Center is a semiannual event where students across the Pittsburgh region attend to see STEM applied in industry. We host a display to educate middle and high school students about nuclear power, naval propulsion, and what we do to support the U.S. Navy. (P)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Science and Technology Magnet School Mentoring

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Science and Technology Magnet School Mentoring Our employee volunteer organization and Diversity Council have teamed up to bring science demonstration, math tutoring and “visiting scientists” programs to this inner-city school. It is geared toward third and fourth grade students to help prepare them for New York State math and science exams. (NY)

Electricity Demonstration Program

A program designed to enhance the fourth-grade electricity curriculum. Magnetism and high voltage static electricity are demonstrated in this hair-raising program. (NY)


A national math competition supported in Schenectady and Saratoga schools. (NY)

Physics of Flight

A program where employee volunteers demonstrate Newton’s Laws of Physics with a dramatic demonstration using model rockets. (NY)


SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Building a SeaPerch ROV teaches basic skills in ship and submarine design and encourages students to explore naval architecture and marine and ocean engineering principles. It also teaches basic science and engineering concepts, tool safety and technical procedures. Students learn important engineering and design skills and are exposed to all the exciting careers that are possible in naval architecture and naval, ocean and marine engineering. (P, NY)

Super Science Saturday

Hands-on science demonstrations for students from three Ballston Spa Elementary schools. (NY)

Community Outreach

The Naval Nuclear Laboratory encourages employees to support their local communities and participate in activities and programs that demonstrate good corporate citizenship. Below are examples of the programs we currently support and have supported in the past:

The locations that support each activity are marked using the following codes: P = Pittsburgh, PA. NY = Schenectady and Saratoga Springs, NY. C = Charleston, SC. I = Idaho Falls, ID.

Annual Food Drive

Annually, the Naval Nuclear Laboratory conducts an employee food drive to support local food banks. (P, NY, C, I)

Bethesda House Hot Meal Service

Employee volunteers serve meals at Bethesda House in Schenectady. Bethesda House is a safe haven serving the homeless and poor in our community. (NY)

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization that works in partnership with people in need to build decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to qualified families at no profit and with no interest charged. (C, NY)

Combined Federal Campaign

The mission of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is to support and to promote philanthropy through a program that is employee-focused, cost efficient and effective in providing all Federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. CFC is known to be the most inclusive workplace giving campaign in the world with the number of participating charities estimated as over 20,000 nonprofit charitable organizations worldwide. (C)

Day of Caring

Annually, employees volunteer in Day of Caring events that support the local Pittsburgh community. Past events include joining with Allegheny Cleanways to beautify the banks of the Allegheny River and participating in a community chemical collection event. (P)

Double H Ranch Adaptive Winter Sports Program

The annual Winter Adaptive Sports Program at the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne offers children ages 6-18 with chronic and/or life-threatening illnesses the opportunity to participate in various winter sports. Employee volunteers share their talents both on the ski slope as ski and snowboard instructors and in the lodge as hosts. (NY)

Empty Stocking Gift Donation Project

The Saratoga County Children’s Committee runs the Empty Stocking Project; the Children’s Committee was formed just after World War II, providing holiday gifts to the orphans in the city of Saratoga Springs. Since then, the all-volunteer committee has expanded to include all of Saratoga County. (NY)

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank: Produce to People

Produce to People is a distribution program where low-income residents receive grocery products direct from the food bank. Monthly, employee volunteers attend one Produce to People event to provide support in setting up, preparing groceries (such as bagging loose produce), and handing out food to residents. On average, 20,000– 30,000 pounds of product are distributed to anywhere from 500–800 residents. (P)

Lowcountry Food Bank

Their mission is to feed the poor and hungry of the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina by soliciting and distributing healthy food and grocery products to nonprofit agencies serving the poor, and to educate the public about the problems of and solutions to domestic hunger. They collect, inspect, maintain, and distribute otherwise wasted food products from manufacturers, food distributors, the government, supermarkets, and wholesalers, along with farmers, to a grassroots network of over 320 member agencies. (C)

Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour

Cyclists ride up to 150 miles over two days to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s effort in research for a cure and providing services to their clients. (NY)

NOVA (Network of Volunteer Associates) Society

The NOVA society is dedicated to the principle that by joining together our financial support, volunteer time and technical skills, we can truly make more of a difference in our community than we can as individuals. Membership consists of employees and retirees who contribute toward or participate as volunteers in community and/or education outreach projects. NOVA’s school programs run the gambit from science demonstrations, meant to inspire young minds toward a career in science and engineering, to team competitions where local high schools compete using their knowledge of science. NOVA’s community programs range from involvement in Concerned for the Hungry to March of Dimes, American Cancer Society and the Salvation Army. Employees interested in being volunteer leaders may champion a cause of interest to them. (NY, P)

Race for the Cure

The Albany Race for the Cure raises money to help provide education, screening, treatment, and research funding for the Susan G. Komen foundation in the Northeastern New York area. (NY)

Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh

Since 2008, we have been involved with Rebuilding Together, which is a nationwide organization with goal of improving the standard of living for low-income, elderly and/or physically challenged homeowners. (P)

United Way

Employees are able to participate in the United Way Program through payroll deduction. Money can be directed by the employee, in any amount, to non-profit organizations of their choice or to various United Way agencies. Employees pledged over $510,000 to the 2014 United Way campaign. (P, NY, I)

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