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WHY STEM? In order to increase college and career readiness and student interest in STEM, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Defense Education Activity established a partnership in May 2013. This partnership will leverage the strengths of both organizations to advance STEM education in communities where DoDEA schools and USACE activities are co-located. This program is different from other programs because it is embedded in the classroom and tied to the curriculum. Conceptual understanding is built in and the program provides face-to-face, hands-on, and long-term interaction with teachers and students.
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Program Highlights

STEM ED will launch at seven pilot schools in the U.S., Germany, South Korea and Japan. Each site will have the freedom to set priorities, choose partners and select activities that represent the best fit between USACE and DoDEA. This facilitiates a more strategic, personalized approach. Students will:

  • Work with a minimum of two USACE professionals (engineers and scientists), one to two hours per week.
  • Explore the STEM concept: Building strong structures that withstand forces of nature.
  • Showcase their projects in a competition and award ceremony during National Engineers Week in February