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A STEM Initiative
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

COMETS (Career-Oriented Mathematics, Engineering, Technology and Science) is a partnership between Ocean County's school districts, business, industry, the NAVAIR program at the Naval Air Engineering Station (NAES) Lakehurst and Ocean County College to promote the study of math and science.

>> Ocean County Teachers: Submit your best Lesson Plan

>> Derek Jorgensen, MATES student, wins award

>> Photo: MATES student awarded new laptop

>> Math and Science Initiative takes off like a "COMET"

>> Comet Initiative invited to join STEM Education Coalition

>> Asbury Park Press: STARBASE program at Lakehurst NAS

>> Press Release: STARBASE Lakehurst Endorsed

>> News: OCC Engineering Student wins Beacon Award

Our Vision
Kids today just love using technology even at an early age! Photo by Dr. Jim BrownStudents and their parents join with educators to view mathematics and science as meaningful for technological careers, thus motivating, equipping, and challenging students to pursue studies in these disciplines.

Our Mission
Engage parents, students, and teachers through advocacy and educational programs to:

Our Goals

A Place to Share Ideas

A world in motion curriculum

A World in Motion Video

The A World in Motion ® curriculum joins together teachers, students, and industry volunteers in an exploration of physical science while addressing essential mathematic and scientific concepts and skills.

Javier Builds a Bridge
A Civil Engineering Story
Illustrated by Jeannette Martin

Readers are invited to create beam, arch, and suspension bridges. With some creativity and knowledge of the engineering design process, everyone can engineer!

Engineering is Elementary Curriculum Overview

Junkyard Wars at OCC

Students are given specifications to design and construct a push cart chariot made out of junkyard parts which is powered by two humans. The vehicle competes in a timed race on an obstacle course requiring turning, stopping, and reverse moves. Students learn about design and have lots of fun.

Jitterbug Afterschool Activity

In this activity, you'll make a Jitterbug, a motorized toy that seems to dance, using a recycled CD and a DC motor. Decorate your Jitterbug using pipe cleaners, glitter, feathers, googly eyes, felt, and other craft materials.

>> Download resource

>> Play video "build a Jitterbug"

Exploratorium After School

Here are some of the initial projects:

Stay tuned … we' ll be rolling out new programs and web content.Photo of a comet. Courtesy of NASA


Links (An Extensive Listing of STEM resources)
Links for STEM (Science, Technology, EngineeringandMathematics related initiatives)

Dr. William Eventoff, Chair COMETS initiative

Dr. Yehia Elmogahzy, Dean of Math, Science, Engineering, and Technology at Ocean County College