ARL engineers support future scientists at local fair
March 25, 2013
Engineers and psychologists from the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Human Research Directorate, Simulation and Training Technology Center (ARL HRED STTC), and the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWC-TSD), along with members from the Central Florida Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) council volunteered as judges at the Seminole County Science Fair.
The fair featured 150 projects from Seminole County middle and high school students who were divided into 15 categories. The categories included: Behavioral and Social Sciences (human behavior), Biochemistry, Botany (Plant Sciences), Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Engineering 1 (bioengineering, civil, construction, chemical, industrial, materials), Engineering 2 (electrical, computer , controls, mechanical, thermo, solar, robotics), Environmental Management (ecology, remediation), Environmental Sciences, Math, Medicine and Health, Microbiology, Physics and Astronomy, Zoology, and Animal Behavior.
The two Army organizations, along with their Navy and industry STEM partners, had the opportunity to join forces to influence the lives of the students. The military STEM presence made a large impact on the overall success of the fair. Members from the previous year were able to see how the students built on previous lessons learned to improve their projects.
The team of volunteers judged 70 high school projects. One project received an Army medal, while four others received honorable mention. Ten of the projects placed first, and moved forward to the Florida State Science Fair. Three projects placed overall best in show, and were recommended to represent Seminole County at the International Science Fair, taking place in March and April.