Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune hosted a STEM fair for Onslow County schools Friday, allowing students to get firsthand experience with the medical technology used by Navy corpsmen.

The goal behind the STEM event is to promote science and Navy medicine in the minds of students.

 “The things that we’re doing here all represent different portions of the Navy in different settings,” Lt. Cmdr. Danielle Grady, Nurse Corps, USN, said. “Like the simulation lab, you can have hospital based simulations that will help in in-patient settings but then also for when you have corpsmen in a deployed setting.”

About 150 Onslow County middle and high schoolers experienced different career fields within the medical community and worked one-on-one with corpsmen on military medicine techniques.

There was also tactical combat casualty care (TCCC) demonstrated using a simulated combat condition.

“I like medicine because it’s so different from any other job that they have in the world,” Mallory Ervin, an 8th grader at Northwoods Park Middle School, said. “Medicine is something that actually helps people.”


The event also featured a decontamination station where corpsmen demonstrated response for hazardous diseases and materials.

“I’m still in 8th grade so I still don’t know what I want to do but it helps to come here and ask different questions,” Kayla McKay, a student at Jacksonville Commons Middle School, said.

A second STEM event will be held in about six months for students.