Educational Outreach Program Overview
Looking to shape a strong future Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce, the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center’s (ECBC)’s outreach program offers a wide array of educational outreach activities. They are designed to engage the Center’s scientists and engineers (S&E)s in sharing the exciting and rewarding nature of their careers with kindergarten through college students and their educators. In an effort to inspire students to pursue STEM career pathways, ECBC supports local STEM initiatives and programs sponsored by the Army and the Department of Defense. As advisors, guest-speakers, mentors, project judges and scientists in the classroom, S&Es invigorate STEM education within and beyond their local community.
Strategic Engagements and STEM Outreach Coordinator
The National Defense Education Program
This program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in STEM disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion. SMART is part of a concentrated effort to improve the flow of new, highly skilled technical labor into DoD laboratories and agencies and to enhance the technical skills of the workforce already in place. The DoD offers scholarships to undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for training and education in STEM fields. Students are also provided opportunities to continue their research in civil service roles following graduation.
Registration: Dead-line is typically in December
Eligibility: Students, 18 or older with a minimum GPA of 3.0, pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed at http://smart.asee.org/about
Read more at: http://smart.asee.org/
The Army Educational Outreach Program
This program is a web-based science, mathematics and technology competition for students from sixth through ninth grade that promotes self-discovery and enables all students to recognize the real-life applications of science, math and technology. Teams propose a solution to a real-world problem in their communities and compete for regional and national awards.
Registration: from August until December
Eligibility: Teams of three to four students in the same grade level (sixth through ninth grade) and one team advisor who is a teacher, coach, counselor, or leader of a youth organization (at least 21 years of age).
This program promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics at the high school level and publicly recognizes students for outstanding achievement. By connecting talented students, their teachers, and research professionals at affiliated symposia and by rewarding research excellence, JSHS aims to widen the pool of trained talent prepared to conduct research and development vital to our nation.
Registration: Spring-time (February/ March)
Eligibility: Students from grades nine through twelve, enrolled in a public, private or home school within the area served by the JSHS regional symposium
Read more at: http://www.jshs.org/
This program is a DoD-sponsored summer apprentice program that provides students with invaluable experience and exposure to the world of scientific research. It offers apprenticeships to high school students interested in science and engineering. The students are assigned to a participating laboratory to pursue scientific experiences with a scientist or engineer who serves as mentor to the apprentice for eight continuous weeks.
Registration: Typically November to the end of January
Eligibility: High school students, 16 years or older
Read more at: http://www.usaeop.com/programs/SEAP/index.htm
Exhibiting at career fairs and expos, ECBC’s outreach program and practicing scientists and engineers (S&Es) introduce exciting career opportunities, showcase some of the Center’s cutting-edge research and engineering technologies and engage students in real-world learning activities.
- Harford County’s Futures 11
- Bel Air High School’s “Careers in Your Backyard at APG”
- Cecil County STEM Rally
- Project DREAM Work’s Career Expo at Edgewood Middle School
- Aberdeen Middle School Career Fair
- Team America Rocketry Challenge
ECBC subject matter experts (SMEs) assist school administrators, counselors and teachers to shape K-12 curricula and programs based on the educational needs of the private and government sector by transferring their technical knowledge and expertise.
- Joppatowne High School’s Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Program
- Bel Air High School’s Biomedical Sciences Program
- Aberdeen Science and Math Academy Curriculum
- Cecil County Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences and Pre-Engineering
The Center’s S&Es serve as guest speakers and present educational briefings to educate students about the relevance and excitement of STEM in the real-world and to make s cience and engineering more compelling for them.
- Havre de Grace Middle School’s Intervention and Enrichment Program
- Harford County’s Technology Needs Teens
- NASA Controller Sy Liebergot presentation for seven high schools and one middle school within HCPS
- SMART students
- Joppatowne High School HSEP Program
- Aberdeen Science and Math Academy
- A.M. Academic Club at Edgewood Middle School
- Edgewood High School
- RAM Hour Academic Club
As project and virtual judges in STEM fairs and competitions, conducted by local school districts, the Army and DoD, S&Es help evaluate students’ STEM projects and ensure a high standard of current and future science and engineering solutions.
- eCYBERMISSION competition
- Junior Science and Humanities Symposia
- FIRST Lego League
- Redeemer Classical Christian School (Baltimore County)
- CSI: Edgewood at eCYBERMISSION’s Army Enrichment Day
- CSI: Joppatowne for Joppatowne High School’s HSEP Program
- Engineering is Elementary at North Harford Elementary School
- The Magic of Science at Edgewood and Aberdeen Middle School
- STEM Night at Youth Benefit's Elementary School
- Material World Modules
- Lego Mindstorm Robotic Kits
- Engineering is Elementary
When providing summer camp support for public schools and STEM-focused programs, ECBC offers a combination of educational outreach initiatives such as tours of ECBC laboratories and a Scientist-in-the-Classroom Activity or Guest Lecturing.
- Joppatowne High School’s HSEP Summer Career Camp
- Cecil County STEM Academy Summer Camp
- Cyberwatch 12 Program (STEM Academy students from Anne Arundel County)
- Cecil County science teachers
- Cecil County math teachers – Math Quest
- Harford County science teachers
- Harford County biology teachers
In visiting ECBC laboratories, students experience the real world of practicing S&Es, discover exciting career opportunities and explore a variety of leading-edge research and engineering technologies.
- Joppatowne High School’s HSEP
- A.M. Academic Club
- Harford Technical High School
- Aberdeen Middle School
- Aberdeen Science and Math Academy
- Cecil County STEM Academy
- Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
- University of Maryland Young Scholars
Partnership in Education Agreements
A formal partnership was outlined in education agreements with Harford and Cecil counties to support students and educators with real-world STEM experiences. Its partnerships enable the Center to more effectively target students’ and educators’ needs with customized STEM engagements. As a trusted partner in education, ECBC continues to impact STEM education in its local communities.