JSHS students tour ARL at the Adelphi Laboratory Center

January 17, 2012

Story Highlights

  • High school students in 2012 Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) visited ARL.
  • Students introduced to programs such as High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP) and Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP).
  • JSHS aims to prepare and support students to contribute as future scientists and engineers.

Local high school students participating in the 2012 Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) visited the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) at the Adelphi Laboratory Center on Jan. 5, 2012 where they toured labs in the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate (SEDD) and the Computational and Information Sciences Directorate (CISD).

Dr. Vallen Emery, outreach program manager, welcomed the group of 17 students to ALC where he discussed the importance of academic development through research experience. He encouraged the students to acclimate themselves with the many programs that ARL offers including the High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP) and the Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP).

During the tour, the students visited SEDD labs including the THz technology and spectroscopy lab, micropower lab, and high frequency wireless devices and circuits lab. For the second half of the visit, CISD introduced the students to battlefield environment technologies, the small autonomous robots lab, and the corporate information operations center.

The students were able to interact with ARL scientists and engineers and ask questions about current and past research projects, which sparked great interest among the group.

"I thought that the small autonomous robots lab was very interesting and unique because we were able to witness ARL technology being used," said Brian McSwiggen, a sophomore at the Potomac School.

The students walked away from the tour with new-found knowledge of the research that goes on inside of ARL and how that research can benefit the current and future needs of the Army.

JSHS aims to prepare and support students to contribute as future scientists and engineers and is designed to challenge and engage students, grades 9-12, in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Students in the JSHS are given the opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops, panel discussions, career exploration, research lab visits, networking, and regional and national symposia.

The 50th National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium is scheduled for May 2?6, 2012 in Bethesda, Md. The National JSHS will bring together 240 high school students who qualify for attendance by submitting and presenting original scientific research papers in 48 regional symposia held at universities nationwide. Approximately 100 adult leaders, high school teachers, university faculty, ranking military guests, and others attend and join in encouraging the future generation of scientists and engineers and celebrating student achievement in the sciences.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: January 17, 2012