Maryland Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium set for March 11-13


The U.S. Army is preparing to support the 2010 Maryland Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium March 11-13 at Morgan State University and the Baltimore Marriott Hunt Valley North.

The event will focus on connecting students with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics opportunities, also known as STEM. At the Morgan State Hill Field House March 11, the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command will feature technology demonstrations and meet with students.

The field house activities will include an interactive exhibit hall featuring cutting-edge technologies from the U.S. Army, The U.S. Office of Patent and Trademarking, and the All American Soapbox Derby. Officials will discuss STEM career opportunities, educational opportunities for graduating high school seniors, include robotics competitions and displays, and research training workshops for students looking to participate in future STEM events.

March 12-13, the symposium will be at the Baltimore Marriott Hunt Valley North. The event will feature high-level research presentations from some of Maryland’s brightest high school students in the areas of Life Science, Behavioral Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Technology.

Army officials, including RDECOM Executive Deputy to the Commander Gary Martin and Aberdeen Proving Ground Deputy Installation Commander Col. Orlando Ortiz, will speak to students. “STEM education is the key to the future,” said RDECOM spokesperson Robert DiMichele. “There are many scholarships and career opportunities, plus a chance to make a contribution to the national defense working for the United States Army.”

DiMichele said thousands of high-tech jobs are coming to the Aberdeen Proving Ground area in the next couple of years as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process. “Transformation is making Aberdeen Proving Ground into the Army’s center for Science, Engineering and Technology,” he said.

“The Innovative STEM Conference is designed to dispel the myth that STEM careers are too difficult and to expose the participants to the plethora of opportunities that come with STEM careers,” said Dr. Carl White, ISF founder and Morgan State University Associate Dean of the School of Engineering.

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