Last week’s opening of the STEM and Education Outreach Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, the latest initiative by the installation to further science and technology education throughout the Chesapeake Corridor, will usher in a new era of partnerships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for northeastern Maryland and beyond, according to Army officials.
The STEM Center’s opening was “a great day for the state of Maryland and a great day for Aberdeen Proving Ground,” said Maj. Gen. Robert Ferrell, senior commander at the proving ground and commanding general at the Army’s Communications-Electronics Command.
The ceremony featured three college students who participated in STEM programs at Aberdeen prior to college, reported the Baltimore Sun.
Louie Lopez, chief of STEM education outreach at the Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command, said the center benefits the Army’s national and local programs that bring students into the laboratory for interaction with scientists and engineers.
“The renovation of Building 4508 to a dedicated STEM facility enhances Team APG’s role in STEM education regionally, state-wide and nationally,” Lopez said, according to the Army.
Aberdeen officials earlier signed a partnering agreement with Harford County Schools to expand collaboration between the installation and the school system to increase educational outreach efforts.