eCYBERMISSION (the Science Fair for the Nation)
eCYBERMISSION is a unique Web-based science, math, and technology competition that allows students in grades six through nine to compete nationwide via the Internet and in Department of Defense (DoD) Educational Activities. It encourages and rewards a diverse range of proficiency levels, interests, and backgrounds. ARL employees serve as ambassadors, cyber guides, and virtual judges.
For more information, visit https://www.ecybermission.com.
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST)
FIRST is a high school robotics team competition that combines the spirit of an athletic competition with an engineering challenge to help high school students discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be. Teams plan, design, prototype, and build a robot and then compete in an engineering challenge that looks like a high-tech sporting event. For more information, visit http://www.usfirst.org.
High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP)
Established in 2010, this high school initiative provides juniors and seniors with a paid apprenticeship in a university laboratory conducting Army-funded research. Students work up to 300 hours under the guidance of a principal investigator. The number of universities and internships available varies based on funding. In its pilot year, HSAP placed 57 apprentices at 26 universities throughout the United States. For more information or to apply online, visit http://www.usaeop.com.
Regional, State, and International Science and Engineering Fairs (ISEF)
On behalf of the Department of the Army, ARL distributes Army special awards for regional, state and international high school science fairs. Army special awards include medallions, savings bonds, and certificates of achievement. ARL coordinates local Army representation as judges or awards presenters at many of the high school science fairs held throughout the United States, including taking a team of judges to the International fair to select 17 best-in-category awards. For more information about having Army special awards for your science fair, visit http://www.usaeop.com/programs/ISEF/index.htm.
Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS)
JSHS is a tri-service sponsored annual high school science competition designed to encourage and develop oral presentation skills and the ethical conduct of original research. JSHS awards scholarships to highly talented students from across the nation. ARL scientists and engineers serve as judges in the Maryland regional and national competitions, provide laboratory tours to participants, and conduct roundtable discussions with students at the national competition. For more information about JSHS, visit http://www.usaeop.com or http://www.jshs.org.
Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP)
This high school initiative places particular emphasis on students from historically under-represented groups, and motivates students toward a career in science, mathematics, or technology by providing them with challenging science experiences that are not readily available in high school. Students have hands-on experience during the summer months in an actual research environment at a local university with research investigators. The number of universities and internships available varies based on funding. On average, 100 students are placed in apprenticeships through REAP each year. For more information or to apply online, visit http://www.usaeop.com.
The Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP)
SEAP is an eight-week summer program for high school students. The SEAP is designed to engage high school students in hands-on activities and student/mentor relationships that encourage careers in science and engineering. This program builds upon the foundations from prior years of laboratory experience reinforcing the idea that taking advanced classes now will provide opportunities for college. It allows students to apprentice in fields of their choice with experienced scientists and engineers. SEAP provides students with valuable knowledge and skills needed to make informed career decisions. At ARL, students apprentice in a professional environment and learn how their work can benefit the Army as well as the civilian community. SEAP opportunities are available at several Army laboratories. For more information, visit http://www.usaeop.com.
The UNITE program provides high school students with the opportunity to participate in college-structured summer courses that feature hands-on applications, participation in lectures, problem solving techniques, and tours of private and governmental laboratory and engineering facilities. Students receive classroom instruction in courses such as chemistry, physics, algebra, and calculus. They are introduced to math and science applications and how these applications are applied to real-world situations. The students are also shown how these applications are related to careers in engineering and technology. The UNITE program is designed to support socially and economically disadvantaged high school students. For more information about UNITE, visit http://www.usaeop.com or http://www.jets.org/programs/unite.cfm.
Note: All programs are subject to the availability of funds.