Army scientist shares STEM lessons with students, teachers

U.S. Army scientist Stephanie Marcott with some of the experiments and activities used with students and teachers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) lab at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center.

U.S. Army scientist Stephanie Marcott with some of the experiments and activities used with students and teachers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) lab at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center.

NATICK, Mass. (Sept. 11, 2013) — Stephanie Marcott takes time out of her busy life, even on the weekend, to enrich others’ lives through her passion for science.

Whether she’s volunteering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the weekends to assist kids with physics projects or collaborating with teachers through her place of work at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Marcott shares her enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, and learning.

“I am a career peer mentor, since high school; it’s just a trend,” said Marcott, a research chemist who also runs the Bill Porter STEM Laboratory at NSRDEC. “Before high school I helped my brother and sister … When I joined the Army, I mentored other Soldiers with their training. I naturally fell into (working on STEM activities) here at Natick and helped out students.”

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American students from China in Army science competition

The RADIANS team from the Shanghai, China were the eighth-grade winners of the Southeast region of the Army's eCYBERMISSION science competition.

The RADIANS team from the Shanghai, China were the eighth-grade winners of the Southeast region of the Army's eCYBERMISSION science competition.

One of the cooler stories to come out of this year’s eCYBERMISSION competition judging and awards event was that of the first team to travel all the way from China to compete in the finals.  Students from any U.S. school – whether it’s public, private, a home-school environment or a Department of Defense Education Activity school abroad – can compete. The team in this story came from the Shanghai American School in San Jia Gang, Pudong, China. More photos of the team and all their competitors are on our Flickr site. We have a video up next week.

At RDECOM we are keenly aware of the need for increased student involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education in the U.S.. That’s why the Army sponsors the eCYBERMISSION science competition and we’re so proud to execute it. As the Army’s R&D team we know that these children really may be out future.

This was the eCYBERMISSION’s tenth anniversary judging event, which is a significant milestone in the fulfillment of the Army’s vision for this program and STEM as a whole.

Making science, technology, engineering and math fun

2009 Black Engineer of the Year Award Conference
Did you know since 2002, the U.S. Army has awarded more than $6.7 million in prize money to top American students? Whoever said science, technology, engineering or math isn’t fun has never had an opportunity to see the exciting things Army scientists and engineers do on a daily basis or participate in an eCYBERMISSION competition. Read more…

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