NAVAL HORIZONS

Where Students Design the Navy and Marine Corps of the Future

ESSAY CONTEST

Naval Horizons introduces students to cutting-edge Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) topics that impact the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. We invite students to learn about Naval STEM challenges and our scientists and engineers through this video series. Then, we encourage students to write an essay explaining how our research and our people inspire them. This contest challenges students to picture themselves in a STEM career by designing the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps of the future.

How to Participate

Step 1

READ THE RULES & INFO

Step 2

WATCH THE VIDEOS

Step 3

WRITE YOUR ESSAY

Step 4

SUBMIT YOUR ESSAY*

*If you are under 18 years old, your parent or adult caregiver must submit your essay to Naval STEM. Students who are 18 years old or older may submit their essay.

ESSAYS

500 - 1,500 Words Total

Watch the videos to learn about U.S. Navy and Marine Corps STEM research areas and our people. Choose one of the STEM topics, conduct additional research on the subject, and compose your essay. Your essay should contain all three of these facets:

STEM Research Area

Select one topic based on the video that interests you․ Conduct additional research on the subject․ Describe why this topic inspires you, and explain how this subject is important to the Navy and Marine Corps of today․

Our People

Next, select a scientist or engineer from one of the videos who inspires you․ Describe how their career and their work inspires you, including your career goals․

The Future

Last, select one topic based on the video that interests you and imagine how science and technology will advance over the next 15 to 20 years․ Describe how new technologies will change our daily lives in the year 2040, including how these new advances might impact the Navy and Marine Corps of the future.

Judging

Judges will select up to 5,000 winners.

Contest Prize

All winners are eligible to receive a $200 cash prize. Exceptional essays may be highlighted on a Naval STEM web page and will be designated Naval Horizons Highest Honors.