Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., this week launched its latest initiative to foster area students with an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. The two-week pilot is providing an opportunity for 16 Harford County high school students to work with engineers and scientists at the Army installation located northeast of Baltimore and gain hands-on lab experience in multiple STEM fields, reported Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) public affairs. The program is hosted by CECOM and the Communications-Electronics Research, Development & Engineering Center. The students have been matched with their subject preferences, including cyber security software development, information assurance, mission command capabilities, battlefield simulation and virtual prototyping. “STEM professions drive innovation and are vital for the future competitiveness of the U.S.,” said Larry Muzzelo, director of the CECOM Software Engineering Center.