In an effort to boost the number of students seeking high-tech careers, eight major tenant organizations at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., last week agreed to expand educational outreach efforts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with Harford County Public Schools.
The partnership is intended to increase participation and improve students’ performance in STEM, according to Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, the proving ground’s lead organization for STEM education outreach.
“We are committed to tomorrow,” said Maj. Gen. Robert Ferrell, commanding general of Army Communications-Electronics Command and senior installation commander. “We are providing an opportunity to ensure that we have the right resources with the right intellect and energy.”
The Army has three primary goals for the partnership:
- encourage and enhance study in STEM disciplines and provide laboratory and technical experiences that support the pursuit of STEM courses, collegiate STEM majors and STEM careers;
- provide technical assistance to the school system; and
- leverage regional STEM efforts that support students, government, industry and nonprofit organizations.